Today in my post I’m living my life mantra: KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETHEART. I saw this post on Instagram @selfcare4yu and it says everything I had on my heart to say and what I want to leave you with as Eating Disorders Awareness Week comes to a close.Read more
Category: Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Whose voice is it anyway?
The privilege of recovery When I was first diagnosed I scoured the internet for information and research about Binge Eating Disorder and eating disorders generally. One of the early pieces of content I came across was by a woman who had experienced binge eating and now had her own course[…]Read more
A Conversation with my father
“I’d go in to the fish and chip shop and pretend I was buying food for lots of people, but it was all just for me.” The lies. The shame. The secret. It was the first time I’d ever heard someone say out loud what I’d been hiding for most[…]Read more
It’s been exactly three years since I was assessed at South London and Maudsley hospital and diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. I was thirty-seven, black and had an eating disorder that took a while to believe was due to more than just my lack of willpower to stick to a[…]Read more
Ready for Take-Off
From the age of seven or eight I wanted to be an ‘Air Hostess’, it was the dream before the bigger dream of becoming an airline pilot. I was determined and worked hard, but by the 2020 lockdown, at thirty-eight years old, I’d faced so many rejections, set backs and[…]Read more
The Art of Self-Compassion
It’s taking a photo of myself when a low mood hits and looking at the image with gentleness and understanding. It’s standing on the sand feeling grounded and one with the foundation of the earth. It reminds me of the words on my bag: “She is Fearless”, and who I[…]Read more
I’m black, we don’t have eating disorders, do we?
Here are some reasons why I believe it’s harder for black people to acknowledge, reach out and access help for binge eating disorder (BED) than it is for white people. My intention isn’t to negate the experiences of any race or individual, but to emphasise how important it is to[…]Read more
Wow! 170% more people using the Beat Helpline services since the pandemic started
Did you know that demand for Beat’s Helpline services has soared by a staggering 170% since the pandemic began? I mean, it’s not surprising is it? Not only did lockdown and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic have a significant impact on mental health in general, but it felt like the[…]Read more
Who, not What, is Binge Eating Disorder?
Tell someone you hear voices and that might spark some concerns – but isn’t a thought simply our inner voice speaking? I’ve scrolled through many articles over the last year and often find the descriptions of binge eating disorder to be a tad inaccurate. I understand why lists of symptoms,[…]Read more
4 Things Managers need to know before having a conversation with an employee who has BED
Conversations with managers can be extremely stressful events for many employees and talking about Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is particularly challenging. I consider myself to be a bold, confident person and have supportive managers and colleagues, but I still found it personally challenging to navigate my professional conversations with what[…]Read more