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Read the latest blogs on eating disorders. Written by our supporters, they cover real life experiences including recovery.

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20 January 2022

Iona’s ‘Beads4Beat’

Iona discusses how fundraising for Beat through making and customising bracelets helped her in her recovery.

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19 January 2022

Campaigning against calories on menus came to be one of the most impactful experiences I’ve had

I felt a sense of duty not just to myself, my recovery + my beliefs, but the thousands upon thousands of other people.

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13 January 2022

My only regret about treatment is that I didn’t access it sooner

I'd never considered that I had an eating disorder, but the way I was treated by my GP was how I ended up getting treatment.

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5 January 2022

Recovery: what real happiness means

By choosing recovery, you will give to yourself the best chance to find your real happiness.

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16 December 2021

Christmas can be a difficult time for many reasons, but it can be especially challenging when you live with an eating disorder

Recovery takes time and it isn’t a race – as long as I’m on the right track it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to reach the finish line. I'’ll get there eventually, and next Christmas perhaps anorexia won’t be invited at all.

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9 December 2021

Navigating Christmas with an eating disorder

Isabella discusses navigating Christmas with an eating disorder and Beat's support services over Christmas.

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7 December 2021

Five questions you might have about Christmas with an eating disorder

We talked to our Helpline Manager, Sam, about some of the common questions her team gets around this time of year, and her insights and tips for dealing with the challenges of Christmas.

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7 December 2021

"If you’re suffering from an eating disorder this Christmas, stay strong."

Growing up, Christmas was my absolute favourite time of year and now that I am rid of my eating disorder, I am free to enjoy the festivities once again. However, I spent two awful Christmastimes, the first with bulimia and the second with binge eating disorder.

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7 December 2021

How I learned to cope at Christmas

It can be hard to enjoy a holiday when there are so many things around that make it feel chaotic. For someone like me, who copes with anxiety by needing structure and routine, the spontaneity and fun of a holiday season is enormously difficult to navigate.

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7 December 2021

Here's to kinder, happier holidays for us all

I’ll be celebrating the little things and being kind to myself. I’ll be patting my own back every time I can see something’s got slightly easier for me,

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7 December 2021

Don’t let Christmas make you struggle in silence

In the run-up to Christmas, there is a lot to juggle. The gifts we need to buy, the plans we have to make to see loved ones, how we might manage disruptions to our routine - all of these things can be difficult to handle at once.

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7 December 2021

Thinking about Christmas with an eating disorder

The run up to Christmas can be really exciting: preparing for holidays, time with family and friends, parties, presents and often lots of food. But that excitement can be equalled and even overshadowed by worry, guilt, resentment and panic.

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