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.

Being judged for my mental illness was so damaging

August 18, 2017

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 16 years old and started counselling sessions. I was so ashamed of it, that I would lie about where I was going. I didn’t want people to know I was having counselling, in case they labelled me “crazy” or “insane”.

Anorexia is not a fad or glamorous

June 7, 2017

When I was 15, my mum noticed my behaviour changing towards food. I thought she was overreacting, being stupid and that there was nothing wrong with me, but she took me to the doctor regardless.

“We were told that it was just a teenage phase. In my mind, this confirmed my belief that I was fine.”

I am an eating disorder survivor and I am not ashamed

, April 13, 2017

I have never found it easy to share my story about my Anorexia. I struggle with people knowing too much about me, and am always afraid of judgement. Afraid it will hold me back in my career and afraid of people watching my every move and judging everything I eat.                                                                                            

Your attitude towards eating disorders could make a big difference

February 27, 2017

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear 'anorexia'? Does it conjure up a vain teenage girl, drawn by models in glossy magazines? Or celebrities bragging about their latest lettuce based detox diet? It saddens and frustrates me that myths still exist around eating disorders that really trivialise it. That's why I wanted to write this blog – to help tackle some of this stigma and make people aware of how serious it is.