Eating With An Anorexic

By May 19, 2014 Blog

Some thoughts: 1. Don’t offer too much choice.  (It sends the person with an ED into a mental spin) For example: not ‘would you like a yoghurt?’ but ‘what flavour yogurt would you like?’ 2.If you’re working with a dietician/meal plan, then stick with this.  It will help the sufferer to know in advance what they’re eating and how it has been prepared: but don’t let them get involved,  (especially in early stages of recovery). 3. don’t renegotiate food over …Read More

Out Of Reach?

By May 12, 2014 Blog

I’m sitting in Starbucks. A table down from me there’s a girl who’s maybe my age. I say maybe, because she could be anything between 13 and 60. Her cheekbones are sunken and her face has a fine coating of hair. She’s wearing a hat, but part of her head is visible and there are patches on her scalp. Her skin is grey, almost translucent and along her arms runs a criss-cross of blue and purple veins. Her legs look as …Read More

Bin-eating, Stealing and EDs

By April 1, 2014 Blog

Eating disorders are mental illnesses.  They change the way you think: which is one reason why they’re so difficult to treat.   And they make you do things you wouldn’t dream of doing otherwise. One of these things is stealing. Another is eating out of bins. Not the sanitised, recycling of sealed products within their sell-by.  A primitive tearing and ripping of foods that aren’t fit for consumption. Which is disgusting – but that’s what addiction does. It is not a …Read More

3 mins on Love (updated!)

By March 30, 2014 Blog

Here’s a wee interview I did with BBC radio on ‘love’ (airing today as part of their Lent series). I’ve updated it so you can listen direct instead of downloading – sorry if this has been tricky. … Mum was very excited (but I think she got it mixed up with the Archers and I haven’t broken it to her yet).                                       …Read More

Two Kinds of Fast

By March 11, 2014 Blog

Lent is traditionally the season of abstinence.  We ask each other, ‘what are you giving up?’ But the real question is this: ‘who are you giving it up for?’   I say this as someone who’s very good at self-will and saying ‘no’. But I’m learning there’s a world of difference between fasting for the Lord and fasting for yourself.   Both look religious, but are centered round very different gods. One is Jesus.  One is me. If you’re not …Read More

Podcast: on eating disorders and being messy

By March 4, 2014 Blog

So this here’s the interview I did with Premier Gospel.  The girl on the left (below) is the lovely Lucy and the programme is called ‘Awkward’. (I think that’s why she’s pulling a face, but it might be my accent). Thanks again for all your prayers.   Share…

Final Thoughts

By March 2, 2014 Blog

I’m  in a cafe in Victoria, fighting pigeons off my plate and trying to marshal some thoughts before heading to Premier.  One small problem: I can’t remember a single fact about eating disorders.  (Well not quite – 1.6million sufferers in the UK; I know this  because I’ve written it on my hand for emergency use). It would be easy to panic, but I’m not.  Instead, I’m talking it through with you folks and trying to work out what I want …Read More

ED Awareness

By March 1, 2014 Blog

A great wee video from my lovely friend Danielle, on the basics of eating disorders. Thanks Dani! Share…

Going Live

By February 25, 2014 Blog

This Sunday eve I’ll be talking to the folks at Premier Radio. It’s going to be live, so I would really, really appreciate your prayers. There’s a phone-in (see below) if you have questions. (Example: ‘Emma, I’ve just read your amazing book and it Changed My Life.  Is it true that you can get for the bargain price of  X at bookstore Y? What a Billy Bargain.’ Or: ‘Who’s your favourite Cluedo character?’ ) If not, then I guess you …Read More

Protecting the Brand

By February 23, 2014 Blog

“A silent epidemic of anorexia is sweeping through the country’s top independent schools, affecting thousands of teenage girls, experts say. Girls from aspirational families are the “fastest-growing” group using mental health services as they struggle to cope with the pressure to achieve top grades, according to psychologists. Mental health charities say that many of the top private schools are in denial about the scale of the problem because they do not want to damage their brands”. The Times, 22 Feb …Read More