‘But Anorexics Don’t Eat’ and Other Unhelpful Stereotypes – Let’s Call Them Out

A recent conversation with a consultant rheumatologist which was supposed to be about my osteoporosis actually turned into a conversation about the causes of eating disorders. While I left feeling confused about my bones, the conversation did get me thinking. The consultant’s view was that eating disorders don’t get enough media attention and aren’t ‘sexy’ … Continue reading “‘But Anorexics Don’t Eat’ and Other Unhelpful Stereotypes – Let’s Call Them Out”

The Numbers Game and Why We Need to be Freed

Eating disorders tend to come with an increasingly uncontrollable obsession with numbers. The obvious one is the number on the scales – the daily moment when the slightest increase or decrease sets the course for an entire day, not only for eating, but for everything else happening that day too. For some people, the torment … Continue reading “The Numbers Game and Why We Need to be Freed”

Images and Eating Disorders – Don’t Show Me Scales!

Images and Eating Disorders – Don’t Show Me Scales!

…Or apples. Or plates, with or without knives and forks. Or a tape measure around an anonymous waist. Or a pair of feet standing on the scales. Or a white teenage girl sitting with her head in her hands. Unfortunately, these are the images most often used to symbolise eating disorders in news media, by … Continue reading “Images and Eating Disorders – Don’t Show Me Scales!”

My Resolutions for 2018 – Hint: They’ve got nothing to do with diets

My Resolutions for 2018 – Hint: They’ve got nothing to do with diets

I grew up in a very non-traditional household and in the midst of what my mum had to cope with in keeping it functioning, there wasn’t a lot of room for following all the festive traditions. But actually I’m glad about this as it taught me to question tradition and to consider why people do … Continue reading “My Resolutions for 2018 – Hint: They’ve got nothing to do with diets”