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.


My family's shame stopped me getting help for my eating disorder

My battle with bulimia started at the age of 12 but with the gift of hindsight I have discovered my battles with binging and body image started before then. I come from a family of very slim people. Despite a height range, the build is the same. Wide shoulders, slender bodies. At 20 years old and nearly four years into recovery, I can finally see that I'm built just the same. At 8 years old I thought exactly the opposite. I felt like the odd one out. I felt large. As I grew, my desire to be smaller grew too. Doing exercise in my room on the carpet or bed, I was so proud of myself.

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?

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