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.

If only people did not believe the mental health stereotypes in the media

I spent most of my childhood and teenage years hiding my mental health, partly because it was never spoken about. I didn’t know what mental health was and the little I did know was based on what I had seen on television. I grew up believing that a person had to be thin to have an eating disorder and that a mental health hospital was all strait-jackets and restraints, but my beliefs were wrong.

Anorexia and anxiety are not always obvious

Today, I have received the most exciting news which I cannot wait to share...

I am being discharged from my eating disorder unit next month!!!

Being told this today was one of my most happiest and most proud moments in my recovery so far, because of...

  • the idea of finally being free
  • getting on with my life and
  • enjoying all the things I used to.

But it also left me with an overwhelming anxiety over…

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.”


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