Eating Disorders at Easter: How to care for someone suffering 

I’ve not mentioned my eating disorder for a while because thankfully it has taken a bit of a backseat in my life (with a whole lot of will power and therapy).  But it is still lurking which made me think of the challenges faced by those with a variety of eating disorders as we come … More Eating Disorders at Easter: How to care for someone suffering 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: GPs are the gate keepers to life-saving support

I’ve had some form of an eating disorder since aged 11. But I wasn’t diagnosed until later into my teens. When I first went to my GP, in my early teens, I was told that I looked “fit and healthy,”!so there wasn’t anything to be concerned about. Yes the “making myself sick” was not normal but … More Eating Disorders Awareness Week: GPs are the gate keepers to life-saving support

10 things NOT to say to someone with an Eating Disorder

There’s nothing my eating disorder (ED) detests more than this season of indulgence – drinking, eating and partying to excess. And not a lot of exercising. Most people’s heaven, but my hell. So please don’t make it any worse for us folk recovering/suffering from an eating disorder by saying these common phrases… (I know you … More 10 things NOT to say to someone with an Eating Disorder

**Trigger warning self-harm:** To the girl with the cuts on her arm… 

I hope you don’t mind me saying but I noticed the scars on your arm, from what looks like years of self-harm. I could tell that you were trying to hide them, as I have always done with my scars. But most people won’t notice, it is only because I have been there too. You … More **Trigger warning self-harm:** To the girl with the cuts on her arm… 

Summer Insanity: A Thank You letter from my eating disorder

Getting “Bikini Body Ready”? Slimming down for summer? Or just Six weeks to a six pack? Fasting your way to a fitter you? My eating disorder just LOVES this time of year… rather than it being treated as an unwanted illness, it is put on a pedestal and given a gold medal. Its weird and … More Summer Insanity: A Thank You letter from my eating disorder

International Women’s Day: Belly dancing and reclaiming our bodies

Over the past 14 years my spare time has been filled with Belly Dancing. (And now BellydanceSling as well – dancing with my baby, as pictured doing a back bend during my Oriental fan dancing routine). I have been lucky enough to meet women of all shapes and sizes through Belly Dance teaching and performing. … More International Women’s Day: Belly dancing and reclaiming our bodies

Eating Disorders: Why a ‘proper job’ wasn’t right for me

I left my first ‘proper job’ because I couldn’t manage the long hours, alongside my eating disorder. I felt like an absolute failure as I had already left University due to my eating disorder. And to fill this void (and failure in my eyes) I applied for jobs to keep me busy. I was chuffed … More Eating Disorders: Why a ‘proper job’ wasn’t right for me

New Year’s Resolutions: Why I won’t be vowing to ‘lose weight’ and neither should you

For the first time in more than a decade I will not be writing ‘lose weight’ on my New Year’s Resolution list. Why? Because I’ve spent my life trying to tone, sculpt and starve myself, treating myself like some sort of imperfect sculpture that can be cut or carved. Depending on my mood that is. … More New Year’s Resolutions: Why I won’t be vowing to ‘lose weight’ and neither should you

Eating Disorders at Christmas: A letter to the bully inside me

I LOVE Christmas but like many I want everything to be perfect, so the fact I look forward to this time of year, also means I find it very difficult – especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Here I have written a very personal letter to my eating disorder.   Dear Ana I thought … More Eating Disorders at Christmas: A letter to the bully inside me