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Bulimia: a different mountain to climb

Climbing mountains was often a metaphor for challenge and achievement – especially Everest – but not every challenge was proportional. Bulimia was a completely different mountain.

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What really triggered my eating disorder

I needed to find some way to disappear and become inconsequential, as if I did society maybe wouldn’t notice the disability. The eating disorder was the only way I could see to do this.

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I’m a 28-year-old male. In 2018 I finally admitted I had BED.

I always questioned “will I be taken seriously” or “perhaps I’m a just greedy person” or “everyone gets low and comfort eats” or “how can I have a disorder when I seem to have a normal life”.

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Like everybody, I am a complex individual with unique struggles

Through the years post treatment, I have learned and educated people about the fact eating disorders are mental illnesses that are deadly no matter what the weight, shape, background, sexuality or colour of the person.

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I AN Male

The myths of eating disorders are stopping people getting help. These myths are making people more ill and in my case these myths destroyed my 17-year-old life.

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Recovery, the hardest yet best decision I've ever made

Anorexia persuaded me that my actions were completely normal. When others behaved differently, they were wrong and I was right.

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“You Made Yourself this Way”: An Eating Disorder is Never a Choice

Developing an eating disorder is never an active choice. No individual would willingly put themselves through the torture of this type of mental illness...

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Any day in recovery is better than my best days ill

Throughout the years that I have suffered from an eating disorder, all the attempts that I have made at recovery, I would read other people’s stories and think, “what’s the point? It will never happen for me.”

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Choose Rediscovery

I used to think that writing about my own story and struggles with an eating disorder was a bit self-absorbed or maybe even pretentious.

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"The more I tried to take control, the less I could."

I believed no one understood my battle and dug myself a deep hole I did not anticipate I could re-emerge from. By definition, I was a person who was anxious and anorexic. I believed this was who I was, so it could not be changed.

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Exercise: the double edged sword

In today’s society, so many people are loud-and-proud gym bunnies, constantly posting on social media about PBs, juice cleanses and gruelling, military style workouts.

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From Surviving to Thriving: Five Years On

Let's rewind five years. A young girl, just 17, her bags packed, sat in the car trembling with fear. Where was I going? What is this place going to be like? Did I really need to go?

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