‘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”

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”

The Dictionary for Eating Disorder Recovery: Translating Dodgy Food Messages

Sometimes I think I should carry ear plugs with me and put them in whenever I hear a food-related conversation about to turn dodgy. By dodgy, I mean when the chat turns to fad diets, virtue signalling (ie using food choices to show how ‘good’ or disciplined you are), or its opposite – the loud … Continue reading “The Dictionary for Eating Disorder Recovery: Translating Dodgy Food Messages”