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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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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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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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21 December 2020

"This year has taught me to be kinder to myself"

What a year 2020 has been in general for everyone – it was a year no one ever could have imagined, from panic buying, toilet roll shortages, lockdowns and restrictions. Yet for so many, including me, the battle against an eating disorder continued.

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13 October 2020

"It is who I am that is important, and not how I look"

I wanted to fundraise for Beat because I suffer from anorexia nervosa. I reached crisis last year when I was hospitalised for six months, but that should never have happened.

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13 July 2020

Life is waiting for me, as it is for you

To this day, my relationship with food is a complex one, but I am very much of the belief that next year will be better, and the year after that will be even better.

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24 June 2020

"I've not only gained weight; I've gained happiness"

I want to shed some light on diet culture and what it drove me to do to myself for eight years. I will never get those eight years back, but what I do know is that I will never put myself through all the self-inflicted pain it took in order to look a certain way.

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22 June 2020

The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Recovery in Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is hard for everyone right now; everyone with an eating disorder is aware that there is pressure on every single person’s mental health.

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10 June 2020

Let the Light In

In the present chaos of COVID-19, I write these words from my own personal story as a reminder to your precious self that there is light in the midst of the uncertainty, confusion and calamity.

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27 May 2020

An Atypical Anorexia Sufferer Visits the Supermarket

These two posts, written two years apart, show how Mel managed to overcome a lot of the anxiety she felt around shopping for food.

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24 April 2020

Covid-19 and living small

Covid-19 is doing strange things to my perception, my lungs, my mind. And strangely, I am also thinking… “Phew, I’m glad I’ve been locked up before!”

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22 April 2020

Sometimes the small wins can make the biggest difference

We asked some of our Ambassadors to consider times when they’d dealt with similar situations to what people with eating disorders may be experiencing with coronavirus.

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