Eating disorders as a whole are relatively misunderstood, and the misunderstandings become even worse if you don’t 'look' the part.
17-year-old, who was raped as a child, "did not die of euthanasia", say friends.
I developed anorexia when I was 12 years old and I was brilliant at it. I became the master of deception, lying to my friends
The recent Netflix film To The Bone required Lily Collins to lose weight for the lead role to show a skeletal figure. This is often how we envisage people struggling with anorexia but this is not always the case.
Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions which affect everyday life, including both mental and physical health. With the way celebrities, models and other people of interest are portrayed in the media, it is not surprising that the number of young people experiencing an eating disorder is increasing. So, let's start with some education.
I wish this was a positive letter but I'm afraid it isn't. I'm going to have to be blunt with you. You made most of my 23 years of life a misery. You denied me food, the most important source of energy. You made me sit through hunger pangs for hours, even days.
A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.
The potential for psychological fall-out after experiencing sudden alterations in physical appearance are well documented in the cases of burns victims, amputees, and even people undergoing drastic weight loss surgery. The reactions of people with eating disorders are rarely legitimised in the same way because their self-image was apparently already broken prior to this new alteration.
Your life and happiness is not centred on how thin you are, I hope you remember that as you grow and life changes.
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.