Eating disorders cause physiological changes to the brain, and research has shown the effects of losing weight in a short space of time. In my MHFA plenary sessions, I introduce the Minnesota Starvation Experiment and discuss its relevance in understanding eating disorders, particularly anorexia. The study was handed to me in paper-format when I was … Continue reading The Minnesota Starvation Experiment 1944: lessons learned for anorexia.
If you've struggled with eating disorders, you'll know all about that little voice: the one which is obsessed with numbers on a scale, nutritional guidelines and calorie counting. When it comes to exercise, not much changes. So often, to the mind of the person with anorexia or bulimia (or any ED that doesn't fit neatly … Continue reading Exercise after a history of Eating Disorders: it’s about resetting the goal posts.
There is a certain comfort in feeling numb. In a world of chaos, it is one of the few certainties that exists. That weight, that heaviness; it is an unwelcome guest that you wish would just leave but you cannot bear to say goodbye. Why? That means vulnerability. You are truly alone. There is no-one … Continue reading Reflecting on Depression, from the Other Side
When combined with a history of eating disorders and anxiety, any form of addiction that impacts levels of stress hormones and blood sugar are a terrible mix. We often talk about addiction to substances, such as alcohol or cigarettes, but one just as addictive – and easily assessable – drug is caffeine. When suffering with … Continue reading Caffeine: a harmful addiction for eating disorders and anxiety.