Kat Pugh

Campaigner on mental health and international development

Kat is a campaigner on mental health and international development. She sits on the board for South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust and is a trustee for Results UK.
She has experience in politics, youth engagement and within the charity sector.
Anorexia Is Narcissism: A

Anorexia Is Narcissism: A Response

Dear Baroness Bakewell, Ever since reading your comments on anorexia being narcissistic (by the way it's anorexia nervosa, not anorexia... anorexia refers to appetite loss, anorexia nervosa refers to the anxiety surrounding appetite.
17/03/2016 14:49 GMT
Lose a Stone in 2016... Or

Lose a Stone in 2016... Or Not?

New year's resolutions were always tough for me. They were my starting point by which I sought to lose weight, become a "better anorexic" and seek new diet which would get me to a lower weight if the current method hadn't got me low enough.
01/01/2016 22:20 GMT
I'm Not Recovered Yet, But Recovery Will

I'm Not Recovered Yet, But Recovery Will Do

Once again my mind had become full of numbers and targets and filled with this concept that every minor set back was an enormous failure. Suddenly the all too familiar ritual of daily weigh-ins and calorie counting became habitual and without thinking I was slipping back into the icy grasp of anorexia, who I had tried so hard to separate from.
28/09/2015 12:26 BST
Putting Mental Health on the

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.
11/05/2015 11:34 BST
Moving

Moving Forward

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.
02/03/2015 11:37 GMT
Experiencing Stigma and Eating

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

If I could have things any other way, I would not choose to spend so much time planning my meals, working out my feelings to avoid potential anxiety attacks later on in the day, and all the money I and my parents have spent on therapy over the years.
26/02/2015 17:21 GMT
Coping at Christmas With an Eating

Coping at Christmas With an Eating Disorder

Last year, in the midst of a relapse, I'd just been discharged from NHS services, told that I didn't meet the criteria for outpatient support, despite the fact I desperately needed it. The timing was particularly poor as a number of external events were also affecting my stress levels.
23/12/2014 06:10 GMT
Don't Keep Us Waiting...Before It's Too

Don't Keep Us Waiting...Before It's Too Late

Eating disorders carry the highest mortality rate of all mental illness, with 1 in 5 sufferers dying from complications associated with their illness, or through suicide. Every life lost to an eating disorder is 1 too many; especially when it could have been prevented.
20/10/2014 13:37 BST
End the NHS

End the NHS Wait

In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.
14/07/2014 14:49 BST
The 'Other' World

The 'Other' World Cup

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.
31/03/2014 12:12 BST
Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.
12/03/2014 11:27 GMT
Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...
06/03/2014 11:46 GMT
What Are You Giving Up for

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Ever since I developed an eating disorder I have been haunted by the start of term or Lent or any of these times as opportunities to start a new leaf and remove from lifestyle any unhealthy bingeing that had been dominating life. Yes, the anorexia was utilising this as an opportunity to persevere into dangerous territory.
03/03/2014 12:55 GMT
I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.
24/02/2014 11:38 GMT