Tag: Anorexia

advocacy My diary today is an open book – for years it was strictly private

My diary today is an open book – for years it was strictly private

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Dear Friends, My plans at the start of this year were to work less, play more, stay upright (that is, don’t fall over) and stay well. My diary reveals I have ticked most of these boxes but, as always, there is room for improvement. Here are some of the things...

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advocacy From struggle to strength: Surviving anorexia and the transformative power of family support

From struggle to strength: Surviving anorexia and the transformative power of family support

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Being a child with an eating disorder is no fun. I survived a 15-year-long battle with anorexia, the deadliest psychiatric illness. My childhood was shadowed by ruminating on my body’s appearance, constantly exploring new ways of secretly hiding uneaten food, and exercising intensely. During short periods of adolescence when I...

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Anorexia Breaking chains and building bridges for all of us

Breaking chains and building bridges for all of us

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At the age of 11, the earliest traces of my eating disorder (ED), specifically anorexia, started to emerge. A significant factor behind this struggle was my family environment. For most of my early life, I grew up with a half-sister, eight years younger than myself, and a single mother who...

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advocacy Exploring identity after an eating disorder – who am I?

Exploring identity after an eating disorder – who am I?

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Hi Grandma, How’s your Darwin trip so far? This message from granddaughter Olivia, 13, comes when I’m in the Top End, Australia’s Northern Territory, about 4000kms from home in country Victoria. Olivia was born just prior to my memoir being published (see letter to Olivia in A Girl Called Tim)...

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Anorexia An inside story about the hard slog of eating disorder recovery

An inside story about the hard slog of eating disorder recovery

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My eating disorder (ED) stipulated that isolating myself was essential for survival. I had no capacity left in my mind or body to function as me. Until I could master self-compassion and self-care, any progress would be skin deep. To trust myself and become part of my treatment team required connection with...

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Anorexia Lived experience inspires Korea’s first Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Lived experience inspires Korea’s first Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Lived experience will feature in Korea’s first Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), for which I’m responsible. I’ve often been told not to scale up things so hastily, not to put too many irons in the fire, but such cautions seem useless because I’ve developed a simple suggestion from Prof. Youl...

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Anorexia Aging and Eating Disorders – recovery is worthwhile at every age

Aging and Eating Disorders – recovery is worthwhile at every age

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For 55 of my 67 years, I have struggled with an eating disorder, namely anorexia nervosa. I wasn’t formally diagnosed until age 65, about which I can only say, “Better late than never.” Because I didn’t shrink my body enough to cause alarm, I was able to fly under the...

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eating disorders Climbing the mountain in my mind to see who I can be (without an eating disorder)

Climbing the mountain in my mind to see who I can be (without an eating disorder)

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I stand at the kitchen bench and look at the dishes to wash. I see the shopping list out of the corner of my eye. I know that piles of washing are waiting to be folded. Instead of starting to do any of these mundane yet necessary tasks, I turn...

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Anorexia When grief, dissociation, keeping busy, addiction and a farewell collide

When grief, dissociation, keeping busy, addiction and a farewell collide

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Dissociation serves a logical purpose, in that it allows me to separate myself and disconnect from the world, escape, and float away. However, I don’t really understand why this happens, apart from the need to detach from reality or situation in order to feel safe and protected. There are many reasons...

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Anorexia Eating disorder recovery fight inspires researcher to develop parent education course

Eating disorder recovery fight inspires researcher to develop parent education course

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Eating disorder. Those words were not foreign. After a year researching this mental health issue, I could explain female athlete triad syndrome, binge eating disorder, atypical anorexia, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and anorexia nervosa. As a college junior in Family and Human Services, intending to later become an eating disorder dietitian, I...

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