Nobody should have to fight or get down on their knees and beg for help. Nobody should be told that they have to get worse before they can get better. Nobody should ever feel belittled, ashamed and humiliated as a result of having the courage to speak out.
You don’t have to weigh five stone, have bones protruding like angry Himalayas or have lived by water and green tea alone for weeks on end to have an eating disorder.
They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. But what if that problem is something that you can’t bear to admit to yourself, nevermind anyone else?
Michael Jackson. Amy Winehouse. Now Whitney Houston. When the biggest names precede ‘has died’ I always find myself affected most by the fact that it feels shocking, but not a surprise; upsetting, but somehow expected.
So many jump in so quickly to say that ‘they had it coming’ or that, as drug abusers, they do not [...]
I stupidly thought we were getting somewhere and moving on from blaming all our weight-related problems on the most glaringly obvious causes. I thought lazy scapegoating was getting old and boring. I thought we had grown up and wisened. I was wrong, and Gok Wan’s new Channel 4 series has more than provided more than [...]
“Thank you for attending your recent interview and assessment for the above position. After careful consideration we regret to advise you that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.”
Two in two weeks. If you’ve never had one of these emails, I hate you.
After the last interview and subsequent rejection, my confidence took a proper [...]
Freddie Flintoff’s documentary, ‘The Hidden Side of Sport’ shown on BBC1 last night did far more than shed some light on what goes on beneath the helmets of sportsmen on top of their game as they go out to bat. By unveiling those cracks and speaking candidly with others who have shared the sleepless nights and shameful drunken binges, Flintoff took a massive step forwards in fighting against the belief that depression is something that should be kept in the shadows.
First the tragic death of Gary Speed, then ‘those’ comments made by Jeremy Clarkson and tonight an incredibly moving blog written immediately after the author rescued a complete stranger contemplating jumping from a motorway bridge; suicide has in recent weeks been thrust into the public eye, provoking emotional responses of shock, disbelief, questions that will [...]
‘Anorexia is so much more of as bitch when you don’t look anorexic.’
I tweeted this remark in amongst a rare splurge of personal eating disorder related rantage. Within minutes, I had a stream of comments in response, sharing my outrage that to anybody on the outside is so incomprehensible. It didn’t calm the anxieties I [...]
You know when you’re sitting watching another dreadfully uninspired X-factor performance and the plain looking teenager pulls a bit of a whiny face or squeezes out a wee tear on the last line of their oh so predictable number and then the judge says: “Oh you nailed it, you made that song your own, I [...]
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