Sacha Justine is recovering from an eating disorder and is incredibly vocal about mental health. Justine lived with anorexia
Gifs of Lily Collins' emaciated and bruised spine, will soon sit alongside black and white screenshots of Cassie from skins telling the world she didn't eat for three days so she could be lovely. Against the backdrop of an attractive middle-class home, soundbites like, 'it's like you have calorie Asperger's' are all too appealing.
Eating disorders aren't about food, eating or weight but this becomes the focus. I'm not saying that everyone who ever loses or puts on weight has an eating disorder, but it can often be as a response to unhappiness. So why not give that person the opportunity to talk, to open up about their feelings. That's more helpful than a compliment.
I was determined to focus on my girls. I didn't want them to feel the pain I was feeling. But this meant I was neglecting my own grief. Who am I kidding? I didn't want to face it. I didn't choose to have an eating disorder but it became my way of coping, of controlling my life at a time when I felt I had no control.
The new anti-thin law is now being enforced on French couturiers. Doctors have to provide certificates that prove models are a certain BMI before they walk up and down their runway. Many are dangerously thin, some anorexic.
Every year when Ramadan comes around, I am faced with a tough decision on whether I can start fasting or not. This year, I
'Anorexia has both psychiatric and metabolic genetic roots.'
Scientists have discovered the first genetic variant for anorexia nervosa. Genetic variation describes the variation in the
I would often seek solace in a bottle of alcohol, use various other methods to steal me from the toxic home environment I found myself in or simply try and end my life.
I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.