To coincide with Eating Disorders Week, Fenella Lemonsky offers readers advice on dealing with eating disorders.
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.
“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.
Not just the Mail or males: We need to look beyond the usual suspects when asking why so many women have such terrible body image
Women think they’re complimenting other women by commenting on how thin they look: this, in my eyes, denotes that thin is best.
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.
Freshers’ Week is looming and new students will be dragging their excited bums around Ikea, packing their lives away, leaving mummy and daddy and will soon find themselves in a room no bigger than a prison cell thinking, “Jesus, this is it”.
This time to students is what Leeds Festival is to grubby, post GCSE teens; [...]
Bulimia hovers in the background. Health implications are sometimes discussed, but largely, we don’t talk about Bulimia; we gloss over it, ignore it, section it off nicely and discuss Anorexia instead.
It comes with the best intentions. It comes with a smile, perhaps a hand on the shoulder. Genuine, of course, but so utterly ignorant of the consequences.
Most people would be flattered. Maybe because they had lost a few pounds after working hard at the gym for a few weeks, cutting out the crap in their [...]
Experts at picking out our flaws. Experts at analysing and obsessing every little part of us that we do not like. Experts at glossing over it all, painting on a convincing smile and telling the world that we are fine.
10 years on and the ‘fine’ that rolls off the tongue so easily will be doubted [...]
1.6 million people in the UK suffer from an Eating Disorder. That’s over half the population of Wales.
It’s also almost definitely a massive underestimation; secrecy comes hand in hand with living with an Eating Disorder so many cases go undetected. Many others slip through the net due to mis-diagnosis, naivity and quite simply, a huge [...]
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