Marie's story: Overcoming Binge Eating
It first started when I was at school when I was 16. I grew up in a quite stressful environment. My parents have always worked really hard running their own business and have quite high standards. Without meaning too, they have always put pressure on my sister and I to be the best at everything we do from a very young age. I felt that I had to be at the top of the class, and whatever marks got, my mum would often ask "why didn't you get more" and "how much did so and so get?" I was very studious and felt that I was constantly letting them down. My mum also experienced depression at that time...
Having an eating disorder means having a difficult relationship with food. This can include eating too little or too much, or becoming fixated with your weight or shape.
People with bulimia nervosa have an unhealthy eating cycle. They will eat a lot of food (bingeing) and then do something to try to avoid weight gain, such as vomiting or taking laxatives (purging).
People with anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough, exercising too much, or both.
"Your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness": Steph's battle with anxiety8 May 2014, Guest Blogger
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 (12-18 May), Steph blogs about her experience of anxiety, and how it led to an eating disorder which threatened to dominate her life.
Eating disorders can affect people of any age and from any background21 February 2013,
Giving support as early as possible, offers the best chance of recovery for people with eating disorders: the sooner people get the help they need, the better the outcomes.
Anorexia treatment requires early intervention13 August 2012,
We believe treatment needs to go further to address the underlying emotional problems and not just issues relating to diet and health.