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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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1 July 2021

What does recovery mean?

We all have this idea of what recovery is, ranging from decreased anxiety around food, being able to eat whatever you like...

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1 July 2021

I'm not ready to recover

Recovery is like a swimming pool with no shallow end. You can’t just dip your toe into the water or walk in until it’s up to your knees for it to work.

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1 July 2021

And one day, just like that, I took my life back

I guess my eating disorder began pretty generically. I had booked a girls’ holiday and didn’t want to feel uncomfortable in a bikini, so about six weeks before I was due to embark on a fun-filled week in the sun, the ‘holiday diet’ began.

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1 July 2021

5 Things to Remember When You Want to Give Up

Recovery is wonderfully messy; making mistakes is all part of the process... Each stand you take against your eating disorder is another huge step toward recovery.

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12 May 2021

‘Most have found the past year extremely hard’: Dave’s story

Aware of the challenges faced by those experiencing eating disorders during the pandemic, Beat fundraiser Dave has shown astounding resilience and creativity to raise money for Beat.

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10 May 2021

Holly’s story: case study with a Bolster service user

Thanks to Bolster, Holly has a new lease of life and is stepping outside of her comfort zone.

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5 May 2021

What happens when you start to feed your brain again?

You have to learn how to live again and, like with any lessons, you often have to fail to learn the best way or the right way...

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29 April 2021

"Things can improve, even when it feels hopeless"

In the past I’ve wanted to hide the eating disorders that are part of my history, but I want to shout from the rooftops: I'm proud of how far I had come!

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12 April 2021

Nikki Grahame’s death brings dangerous gaps in eating disorders treatment into plain sight

We might not be able to change the prevalence of eating disorders overnight, but we can improve the system that treats them.

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2 March 2021

"I became an entirely different person"

Particularly with binge eating disorder, it’s so easy to get trapped in your own head and convince yourself that you are the problem and are unworthy, and this can be so, so dangerous.

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