Caring for your Anorexic

By February 23, 2012 Blog

Life this week’s been a bit chocca.  I’m working to a deadline for the book:  ‘A New Name’ and it should be out in the summer.   I’d really value your prayers as I put the finishing touches to my story.  I hope it will help those affected by eating disorders and point people to Jesus.   In the meantime I thought I’d post a couple of quotes from Frederich Beuchner’s memoir, Telling Secrets.  Here he talks about caring for …Read More

Diary Date

By February 8, 2012 Blog

Forget Valentine’s Day. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs this year from Feb 20 to Feb 26.  The aim is to  prevent eating disorders and body image issues, reduce  the stigma surrounding them and improve access to treatment. This year, NEDA is once again asking everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. Possibilities include: distributing info pamphlets or putting up posters, writing to MPs,  posting information on Facebook, panel discussions, fashion …Read More

NomNom?

By February 1, 2012 Blog

I’ve been thinking a little bit about the significance of food. It is after all, is a sacrament of every society.  It is its own language – a metaphor for everything from authority to love. It’s an act of defiance, a past-time, a comfort, a marker of status and identity. All the major passages of our lives – from weddings to wakes, are punctuated by feasting and fasting. For our ancestors, life was shaped and determined by the search for …Read More

Miraculous Recovery?

By January 18, 2012 Blog

I had a good question recently from someone who asked if recovery meant that God simply zapped me better… My initial response to say ‘HA! If only..’  But there’s more to it than that. For one thing,  I’m still in recovery.   Along with many ex-anorexics, I struggle with binge-eating: this beats starving myself, but it’s still looking to food for comfort. I no longer obsess about weight/calories …  but I still have body hang-ups.  Even now, years since I …Read More

Bulimia Self-Help

By January 14, 2012 Blog

Bulimia is an eating disorder, first recognised by the medical profession in the late 1970s. It comes from the Greek word boulimia: or ‘ravenous hunger’. Sufferers ‘binge’ on large amounts of food and are then gripped by an extreme sense of loss of control.  They then try to compensate by using behaviours such as vomiting, using laxatives, diuretics, excessive exercise or dieting. These in turn provoke a range of emotions: guilt, worthlessness, depression, anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness and despair. If this …Read More

Festive Fire-Fighting

By December 8, 2011 Blog

It’s a tough time of year for those struggling with addictions or eating disorders.  Here’s a few tips; As much as possible, surround yourself with people who will encourage your recovery: people who will listen to you, challenge you and keep you accountable.  People who will ask you how you’re feeling and not settle for ‘fine’, when you’re not. Stick up Bible verses and reminders of God’s love and strength and presence.  Not ones about working harder – grace-filled truths …Read More

Come Dine With Me

By November 30, 2011 Blog

Christmas is a hard time for those with eating disorders. To be honest, I think it’s a hard time for most – even those who absolutely love it. It’s a bit like being strapped in to a fairground ride. You’re looking forward to it, but as you gain speed, you start feeling a bit sick too. You’re so focused on breathing you can miss the actual event.  Then off you step, dizzy and disorientated, thinking ‘ hmmm.  that went quick’. …Read More

Positive Body-talk

By October 24, 2011 Blog

Those struggling with eating disorders have things in common, but each case is also unique. When it comes to finding reasons for the disorder, the same rules apply. It’s easy to point the finger at say, family (see previous posts here , here and here),  but automatically apportioning blame is  simplistic and harmful… What’s much harder  is to suggest ways in which such disorders can be managed, or even prevented. A friend of mine sent me a link to an article in Eating …Read More

Run Fatboy Run

By September 26, 2011 Blog

When it comes to girls and their weight, most of us consider this a pretty sensitive area. Even parents, (traditionally the custodians of Ego Management) are learning to tiptoe round their teenage daughters. In years gone by, the query ‘does my bum look big in this?’ would have provoked howls of derision and jokes about solar eclipses. Now however, even dads are on best behaviour. ‘Bum – what bum? You’re beautiful honey’. Well – at least on the sitcoms. But …Read More

Does This Nappy Make My Bum Look Big?

By August 21, 2011 Blog

Here’s a bedtime story guaranteed to give you nightmares – ‘Maggie Goes On A Diet’. Maggie is a fictional fourteen year-old and the heroine of a book by the same name.  A book with a target audience of ages 6 -12. Here’s the blurb: ‘This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, …Read More