Eating disorders: blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of eating disorders. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


Judging people with anorexia is NOT OK

Relapsing into anorexia as an adult and mother after being well for over 20 years was not something I anticipated. The shame I feel as an adult/mother with anorexia has been awful.

“How can this be happening?”

“If I loved my children enough then I could make myself eat.”

“Doing this is selfish and I need to think about my family and not myself all the time.”

When I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety, I needed the people around me

A stigma (by definition) ‘is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.’ Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Try living with the attachment of a stigma. The feeling of being a disgrace…doesn’t exactly sound pleasant, does it? Well, right now you are surrounded by friends and family, all who will have gone through a rough patch at some point in their lives. But what if it’s not a point?

There are too many false assumptions about eating disorders

I think the hardest thing with a mental illness is the fact that you don’t ‘look’ ill. If I have a cold or an injury, I will quite happily moan about my cold for days! Yet, I will barely be able to look someone in the eye and say ‘I have an eating disorder.’ I suppose it’s the fear of people’s reactions.

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