Knowing I was fully well

Struggle & success

Carolina Mountford Recovery from an eating disorder is unlike any other form of recovery. We cannot just say no in the way we would if we were coming off alcohol or drugs. Saying no to food is what got many of us here in the first place. One of the immense challenges of recovery is […]

We all need balance, Charlotte Wiseman

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Charlotte Wiseman was working in a high-pressured job in the fashion industry when she realised that she was putting too much pressure on herself to work hard, to eat well and to stay physically fit. She had experienced eating disorders in the past but overcame them through creating strict structures for herself. When she tried […]

The Road to Recovery, Lucy Jackson

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Actress and mental health blogger Lucy Jackson had no idea she had depression, anxiety, OCD and borderline personality disorder. She didn’t even think she had an eating disorder. But a stay in a treatment facility exposed her to new bad habits. Eating disorders are addictions, she says, and should be treated as such. She admits […]

A Bridge to the Future, Jonny Benjamin MBE

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Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Jonny Benjamin was at a low point. He was talked out of a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge. His quest to find the man who rescued him, Neil Laybourn, became famous. Jonny’s now written a book about his story, his illness and his progress towards recovery. Jonny talks to […]

A Battle Going On in Your Head, Hope Virgo

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Anorexia Campaigner/Activist Hope Virgo struggled with expressing her emotions from a young age. As a teenager, she began to eat less and less, until a point came where her heart was close to failing and she was admitted to hospital to be treated for anorexia. After several months in hospital and much therapy, she came […]

No Longer Living a Half Life, Mark and Maddy Austin

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News Presenter & Daughter When Maddy Austin began to suffer from anorexia as a teenager, her father Mark didn’t know at first how to react. Mealtimes became a battle zone and the stress on the whole family was very difficult. It wasn’t until Maddy was able to get appropriate treatment that she began to recover. […]

Letting Go of the Fear of Food, Renee McGregor

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Nutritionist Nutritionist Renee McGregor says that eating disorders aren’t about food, they’re about control. They may start innocently enough. But for someone who has an unhealthy relationship with food, their own inner critic is constantly cracking the whip. Whatever they do can never be enough to satisfy it. Renee works to help people ‘rewire their […]

What I Wish People Knew About My Recovery From Anorexia

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Hope’s Story – Author of Stand Tall Little Girl Recovery from an eating disorder isn’t just about weight gain, and it isn’t just about being able to go out for dinner and eat anything off a menu or eat ice cream without panic. No, there is so much more to recovery than that. For so […]

Educating Children for Healthy Minds, Natasha Devon MBE

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Former Government Advisor on Mental Health Natasha Devon is a former advisor to the government on child mental health. She has personal experience of anxiety and eating disorders herself. Natasha would like to see a society where children are taught how to develop healthy habits that will stand them in good stead in the future. […]

Fuel for the Body and the Mind, Sarah Ann Macklin

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Working as a model, Sarah Ann Macklin discovered she wanted to learn more about how to eat well. She found that everything from mood to energy levels to good hair and skin was connected to eating well. She says fuelling your body well brings good results — the wrong fuel can lead to physical and […]

Food is Not the Enemy, Steph Elswood

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Steph Elswood trained as a dancer from a young age. She felt under pressure to compete with her peers and wanted to be the ‘skinny girl’. But seeing food as the enemy left her ill and suffering from panic attacks. Counselling and learning to cook creative and healthy food has brought her a new attitude […]

Beyond the Perfect Image, Roxie Nafousi

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Beauty blogger Roxie Nafousi says she has a love-hate relationship with social media. When she was younger, bullying at school left her with problems with body image, extreme dieting and obsessive behaviour. Roxie’s learned that eating well and exercising sensibly works for her. ‘Yoga has saved me’ and everyone should try it, Roxie recommends. And […]