#Headlines/Bodylines – My First Body Positive Campaign

#Headlines/Bodylines – My First Body Positive Campaign

Getting dressed in the morning and making sure the lights are dim. Having my evening shower and closing my eyes as I run the sponge over a body – my body?? My arms are acceptable, but I can’t face my legs – my “problem area”. At one time their strength and curves felt like a … Continue reading “#Headlines/Bodylines – My First Body Positive Campaign”

Eating Disorders and Identity: From Recovery to Recovered and Beyond

Eating Disorders and Identity: From Recovery to Recovered and Beyond

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about identity and how important it is to both mental and physical recovery from eating disorders. When we feel trapped in the worst phases of an eating disorder, we can feel that we don’t have a clue who we are anymore; all we know is that we’re ill. I’m … Continue reading “Eating Disorders and Identity: From Recovery to Recovered and Beyond”

I don’t have the perfect body…cos there ain’t no such thing!

I don’t have the perfect body…cos there ain’t no such thing!

Since beginning My Sock It Tour Of London fundraising for Beat, I’ve been thinking even more about the messages of the body positivity movement. My fundraising campaign is not only a logistical and meteorological challenge – running it alongside work and needing to be outdoors a lot in what seems to be a cold month; … Continue reading “I don’t have the perfect body…cos there ain’t no such thing!”

‘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!”