[  Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW)  ]

[  27th Feb – 5th March 2017  ]

A Weekend (Dental Related)Rant

This time, EDAW is looking more specifically about getting people the help they need and the role of GPs, specialists, friends and family.

Whether you have experienced or are experiencing an eating disorder, or know someone affected by one, one of the hardest parts can often be admitting, accepting and seeking help. What’s more, negative experiences in the past can really put people off sharing and talking, which is one of the biggest tragedies. There’s a fear or humiliation, of not being understood, of being fobbed off or belittled, of being pushed into saying or doing something you’re not comfortable with; the fear of change is also a big hurdle to overcome.

I’m not going to say that speaking to someone you trust or seeking GP advice will get anyone on the right track straight away. Far from it, as I think often the path towards help and change can sometimes (but not always) be a long and precarious one. The first time I told someone, when I was about 12/13 yrs old, that I was scared that I may be developing a problem, I ended up getting bullied in school and this newfound knowledge was used as blackmail. All I’m saying is to be prepared. Choose wisely who you speak to, making sure it’s someone you trust. If you see a GP, have a think about what type of help you may need (ie. would you want group or individual counselling of some sort perhaps?). Consider self-help too – whilst there are far too many dangerous sites out there promoting eating disorders, there are still far more sites dedicated to health and wellness and body acceptance, to overcoming eating disorders and mending your relationship with yourself.

You are not alone, and you don’t need to struggle alone. Reach out. Care about yourself and your future. 

You can find more information about EDAW through Beat’s website .



9 thoughts on “Eating Disorder Awareness Week”

  1. “You are not alone, and you don’t need to struggle alone. Reach out. Care about yourself and your future.”

    I think that pretty much says it all Caz. Nobody should have to feel alone!

    1. As are you & we all, if we can recognise the fighting spirit underneath whatever storms we’re weathering. Thank you for the comment! 🙂

  2. I was not aware it was Eating Disorder Awareness week. Thank you for the heads up and the support you are putting out there. I have two girls and because girls are more susceptible to this type of disorder then boys and because I know the body obsessed world we live in, I appreciate anybody who contributes to educating people and fighting the associated stigma! 🙂

    1. I think anyone can fall in to the trap of eating disorders, it’s just far more difficult to get out of it once you’re there. You’re right, it’s a body obsessed world and that’s so depressing because at the same time we have more pressures to strive to control our lives, to appear a certain way, to achieve certain things etc. It’s heartbreaking that it’s easier to dislike or hate yourself and punish yourself than it is to accept that you’re human, fallible, or even to love yourself for who you are. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  3. This was such an amazing and emotional post to read. That last quote really got to me actually. I’m sorry that information was ever used against you, some people are just crap really! Great advice though! You’re right about it being a pathway. With so many things like this, I think it is easy to believe there is no cure for you or you give up if it isn’t helped instantly. It is a long journey but this week is a great start to getting people on that path! xx

    1. Sometimes the longest and most difficult journeys are the most important, and even if you’re fighting eating disorder related thoughts every day, it is still worth overcoming the worst of it to have your life and health back from an eating disorder to the largest extent you can. Thank you so much for the comment 🙂

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