For today's post I asked people to send in their questions for me to answer concerning Eating Disorders as I thought I'd have a bit of a Q and A session (definitely not because I'd run out of post ideas... 😉 ) So here goes! "If you had really disordered problems with eating but recovered … Continue reading Q & A – EDAW Day Six & Seven
But anyway, for my first post I've written what I think is probably the most important post I've ever done: 'Myths and Facts about eating disorders.' The myths I'm about to debunk are all ones that I've personally heard and I know many others will have heard them as well. In fact I think I'd probably be safe in saying that every eating disorder sufferer will have heard at least one of these during their time with one. I think perhaps the most alarming thing however, is that it's not just our peers that have said these things, it's adults, parents, teachers, even people in the health care profession such as doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, health care assistants... And that's something that desperately needs to change. Because the more these things are said, the more people believe them, the more the stigma surrounding eating disorders deepens and the less the chances are of people feeling able to reach out and access help before it's too late. So let's get started!
At Christmas there seems to be almost an unspoken social contract that says we must all be permanently happy. This is a huge amount of pressure and when, as is inevitable, something occurs that pops the bubble of perfection we might find that we feel disappointed with ourselves and feel the need to cover it … Continue reading Mental Health During the Festive Season
Something is being brought to my attention a lot more recently, something I'm spectacularly frustrated and disappointed by. And while it's such a huge issue to tackle and I feel incredibly powerless being just one person, change has to begin somewhere. That 'somewhere' is the 'Body Positivity Movement'; like feminism, it's sickening that there even … Continue reading Body Positivity
Anna is so busy getting ready for tomorrow's fundraising event that she has asked me, her mum, to write something today. I can't begin to imagine what it's like to have an eating disorder but I do know I'm affected by one each and every day. As a mum, your child's pain is inevitably yours … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Day 6
Today's been quite exciting! I interviewed my local MP about plans for mental health services, it was our Silly Sock day at school, we're a lot closer to our fundraising target and I've done some more baking for Sunday's Coffee and Cake afternoon. I had a great day at school today, Friday's are usually good … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Day 5
I'm sorry about my absence yesterday, I promised I'd do a post every day but unfortunately that wasn't possible yesterday for reasons that'll explain as part of today's post. The first paragraph could potentially (although hopefully not) be triggering to some so please be aware of this is you're feeling particularly vulnerable but everything after … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Day 4