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Anna Meakin

on 22 September 2012

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Helping people recover from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating There is a way forward Anorexia statistics show, that of all people who suffer from anorexia only 60% make a full recovery. A few significant statistics to leave you thinking... 1.6 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK ARE AFFECTED BY AN EATING DISORDER,
ANOREXIA AFFECTS 2 IN 150 FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD FEMALES “I had a ‘voice’ in my head that shouted at me. It told me I was fat and worthless and that I was not allowed to eat because I did not deserve food. I thought I was in control of my eating but it got harder and harder to ignore the voice.

As I lost weight I began to feel tired and this made me more depressed. I couldn’t think straight or concentrate at school. All I could think about was food because my brain and body was craving for it. I realise now I was suffering from the effects of starvation.” Physical symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa Severe weight loss Difficulty sleeping and tiredness Dizziness Stomach pains Feeling cold constantly Growth of downy (soft and fine) hair all over your body (called Lanugo) Difficulty concentrating Thinking things are either right or wrong, there is no in between Shutting yourself off from the world Setting high standards and being a perfectionist Getting irritable and moody Feeling fat when you are severely underweight Your hair falls out (Girls) Your Periods stop or don’t start (amenorrhoea) What is anorexia? Behavioural symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa Excessive exercising Having ritual or obsessive behaviours Being secretive Lying about eating Trying to please everyone Cooking or preparing food for everyone else Wearing baggy clothes Anorexia makes everything feel distant and unimportant. You want nothing more than to lie in bed and sleep for days. The thought of facing the world as this unlovable creature is daunting. It’s exasperating. Human contact makes you flinch. Communication makes it hard to breathe. You tremble at the sight of your shadow. Your hands don’t cease shaking. You’ve become your disease, and nothing more. "When in the grips of anorexia, it seems impossible that things will ever change. There are periods in which I gave up, gave in, and simply could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. But please, I beg everyone to keep fighting. There is so much support out there for recoverers, and although it may feel like an impossible task, I am living proof that it is not. There is so much more to life than anorexia, and it is so so important that we fight them together."
£1000 allows beat to set up a regional training event for their self help network volunteers. or it can be used to allow beat to expand their research into eating disorders, their causes and ways to potentially prevent them. 20% make a partial recovery, being very weak. And the rest of them suffer, unbearably underweight. And many die. Anorexia stops people from their freedom.
Anorexia kills. Anorexia is a disorder (or illness) which stems from low self esteem and an inability to cope safely with worries and problems. It involves lowering your food intake by skipping meals and cutting down the types and amounts of food you eat; some people over-exercise as well. You may believe that if you lose weight your life would be happier, people will like you more, you will be more successful or even perhaps that you may be noticed less.

You may try to find ways of punishing yourself if you don’t lose enough weight or eat something you would not usually eat. Losing weight is not the answer to everything. It is important that you try and focus on who you are, and what may have caused you to feel the way you do. Try to change the way you feel about yourself and aim to find safer ways of coping. £500 allows beat to set up two self help groups to provide support and advice for both sufferers and their families £25 allows beat to answer five questions in their online Youth Chat £200 allows beat to train a helpline worker £100 allows a beat Young Ambassador to talk about and raise awareness of eating disorders in the national media £10 allows beat to give a sufferer the opportunity to talk to a support worker £2 allows beat to provide online support to a young person struggling with an eating disorder £5 allows beat to answer a question on the helpline messageboards By Anna Meakin and Becky Gillett As I suffered from anorexia myself I would really appreciate the votes towards beat because it is such a vital charity that will really benefit from the money our community is able to raise. The charity Becky Gillett and I are putting forward is called ‘beat’.

This is a charity that provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders. teenage girls have disordered eating or an eating disorder ONE IN FIVE WARNING: THIS PRESENTATION MAY CONTAIN CONTENT THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY BE DISTURBED BY, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. ANOREXIA IS ON THE RISE. Isabelle Caro, the French model who became the public face of the fight against eating disorders in the fashion industry after posing nude for Oliviero Toscani’s 2007 “No Anorexia” campaign, died at age 28 The biggest problem is society and the media influencing women to be slim. Society needs to change and people need to value healthy women. Once society has changed, many generations must grow up with the correct mindset.
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