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Beating anorexia allowed me to exercise my way to a body I’m proud of, Notebook

Beating anorexia allowed me to exercise my way to a body I’m proud of

It sounds dramatic but it wasn’t enough to scare me. It never is when you’re anorexic; you’re invincible, the doctors just don’t know it.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 12:28 pm

The staggering cost of eating disorders in England, Health

The staggering cost of eating disorders in England

If ever there was a reason to emphasise the desperate need for early intervention, greater awareness and compulsory education on the subject of eating disorders, this is it.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 10:25 am

Channel 4 Goes Mad (and maddens), Arts

Channel 4 Goes Mad (and maddens)

Channel 4’s Mental Health season, the controversially titled ‘4 Goes Mad’ kicked off last night with ‘Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions’.

By | Arts, Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 at 11:32 am

Drunkorexia: A stupid name, but a serious problem, Health

Drunkorexia: A stupid name, but a serious problem

“Eatin’s Cheatin’” echoes around the office on a Friday afternoon as women pick over their naked salads and extra extra light low fat Philly on Ryvita. The preparations for ‘Rosé o’clock’ are well under way. They’ll grumble their way through the afternoon and suppress the urge to be ‘naughty’ whenever anyone offers a biscuit, sweet or chocolate.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 9 July 2012 at 10:00 am

Force-feeding: There was a time when I would rather die than eat the food in front of me, Health

Force-feeding: There was a time when I would rather die than eat the food in front of me

There was a time when I would rather die than live with the guilt that came after drinking the nutrition substitute that replaced the contents of that plate.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 21 June 2012 at 12:19 pm

We have physical health and we have mental health – it’s time we saw them as equal, Health

We have physical health and we have mental health – it’s time we saw them as equal

Members of parliament gathered in the House of Commons today to discuss something which has, for far too many years, been sidelined, overlooked and if acknowledged at all, treated with a certain level of complacency; mental health.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 11:06 am

Growing out of anorexia, Health

Growing out of anorexia

The biggest mistake I ever made was making a connection between achievement and being underweight.
Two days ago, I celebrated my 26th birthday. Not a biggie, but on such occasions I often reflect on past events, memories and chunks of time spent or misspent and I’m often faced with difficulty when I think about how much of my life so far has been tarnished by Anorexia and Bulimia.

By | Health, Notebook | Saturday, 19 May 2012 at 12:00 am

Ban images of emaciation, not airbrushing, Health

Ban images of emaciation, not airbrushing

In the Eating Disorder Unit, as we sat around in the lounge, cushions held tight over our swollen, protruding tummies, we were supervised post-meal to make sure we didn’t throw up, exercise or make a bid for freedom. The blaring TV would be immediately switched over at the slightest mention of dieting or weightloss, certain staff would rip pages from magazines and websites (even my own blog) were blocked from view.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 at 4:08 pm

Any press is good press? Not when anorexia’s involved, Health

Any press is good press? Not when anorexia’s involved

Media coverage of eating disorders comes and goes in waves; one minute it’s in fashion and the next, every editor in the world is sick to death of it. If one frustratingly and frighteningly successful news site is anything to go by, though, anorexia, or coverage of it, is really hot right now.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Eating disorders: The blame game, Health

Eating disorders: The blame game

The patient will blame his/herself. The parents will blame themselves. The tabloids blame the fashion industry. The fashion industry blames nobody (ignorance is bliss). The partners (those that last) don’t know who to blame. The public blame modern culture, celebrities; whatever or whoever they’re told to blame by the media. The media, strangely, tends to blame the media.

By | Health, Notebook | Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 11:14 am

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