I am a male who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 20. At first I was ashamed and embarrassed. But I now realise that I had nothing to be ashamed about. I want you to know that it is ok to feel pain, but you do not need to feel shame and guilt - it is ok to ask for help. If you fear you may have an eating disorder or think you know a guy who might, it's time to speak up and ge the help you need and deserve. I did. It was the hardest process I have ever experienced, but it was worth it.
How can people with eating disorders begin to challenge their negative body image? And can the wider population learn something from them? Change how you see, not what you see.
Eating disorders are often reduced to struggles over body image. Those struggles are a symptom of the illness, not the cause, and reveal a lot about the psychology of the illness.
When talking about mental illness (especially eating disorders), we often use the word 'my'. But could this be doing more harm than good?
In this article, I hope I can make clear what it means to accommodate and enable an eating disorder, and how individuals with a disorder and their carers can become aware of these behaviours, their consequences and how to stop them.
The reaction of people with an eating disorder to comments on appearance reveals a lot about the psychology of eating disorders
In the last blog post, I tried to describe what it feels like to have an eating disorder, and set out the symptoms for the diffferent categories of the illness, not just anorexia. According to BEAT, 1.25 million peopole are living with an eating disorder, but that statistic may be an underestimation due to the … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week (4): Now you know what to look for, what should you do?