Be the Change You Want to See – By Alex

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We are all models. Yes that’s right. We all have the potential to be positive role models to everyone we ever come into contact with. What a fantastic opportunity.

Someone asked me recently “Do you diet” and I was angry. Not angry at her asking, not angry because she associated me with dieting, but because we live in a society where asking each other such questions is considered normal. For me, she was asking about my mental well-being, but it was ...

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First Steps Derbyshire shortlisted for Health Service Journal Award

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Eating Disorder Charity, First Steps Derbyshire shortlisted for Health Service Journal Award

11th September 2017

First Steps Derbyshire, a charity supporting those affected by eating disorders across Derbyshire, Nottingham and the surrounding areas are proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the 2017 Health Service Journal Award for self-care.

First Steps, which offers ...

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The Locked Door – By Meg

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In the past few weeks I’ve experienced snippets of all the good things life has to offer, and it reinforced the notion of how much this illness makes me miss out on and how much it sacrifices my future. I don’t want this to continue ruining my life. Recently, certain events in people’s lives have really put things into perspective for me. One friend of mine just got married and I had such a lovely time at her wedding. Another ...

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A New Start – You Are Not Alone by Alex

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September swings around again, pushing out the (slightly) warmer weather and shades and sweeping in the autumnal breeze and the return of the coat. You may be moving into a new job, a new school year, starting college or moving to an alien city, or even country as a new student at University. These all mean one thing – change!

To students who are about to move into halls and start a whole new chapter – don’t panic. Fresher’s Week can ...

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The Creature, By Meg

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Recently I’ve found that truly “outing myself” for what the eating disorder makes me do, and the stupid, ridiculous thoughts it makes me have as a really effective way to fight its hold on me. I don’t think I’ve realised before how powerful mockery and humour can be, even in a therapeutic setting. And when you really think about it, the whole illness is quite funny! For example: why am I scared of a bit of extra cheese? Terrified of ...

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Body Image – Difference is What Makes Us Unique, by Alex

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Eating disorders can be triggered by a number of factors and they’re different for every sufferer. I feel that the media is one of the most unhelpful influences and the mainstream representation of body image can be seriously damaging, particularly for young women. Magazines, adverts, billboards are constantly telling us that we need to look a certain way and imply that if we don’t match this “ideal” body then we are the outsiders in society and need to change our ...

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Float Away

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Living with an eating disorder is mentally exhausting. Its difficult to explain to others what its like to constantly have thoughts about food going round and round in your head, day in, day out, like a broken record. The continuous bombardment of these thoughts and urges completely envelopes you, so much so that it seems you have little space left for anything else. So much so that it feels so much a part of who you are. But this is ...

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You Are Strong – A Summer of Opportunity

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Yes! It’s finally summer! This season brings assurance that you don’t need to take a coat out with you and you may even need your sunglasses, but it also brings a number of challenges. It’s perfectly ok to be anxious about the summer months. Everyday can be a struggle with an eating disorder and there are particular aspects of summer and the summer holidays that can fuel negative thoughts even more. Here are a few examples of things I’ve struggled ...

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The Escalator. By Meg

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I sometimes feel that living with an eating disorder is like being on an escalator going the wrong way. At the beginning, you have unknowingly taken the wrong route, and stepped onto the escalator going in the opposite direction. Although this seems harmless at first, it does not take long to realise you’ve made a terrible mistake and soon feel trapped. You need to find a way to get off, but how? The only way is up.

You desperately try to ...

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