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'Every minute of every day, all I ever thought about was what I had eaten and how much I needed to exercise so I didn't gain weight. Then, something clicked in my head and I started to realise that I really wanted to live a normal life.'

After a battle with anorexia, Jo Thompson from Solihull wants to tackle the stigma attached to eating disorders, so that others affected are able to get help. Jo, who’s been in recovery for six years, says her children are her inspiration now, and wants other young people to know that they should never give up.

 

Read more about Jo’s campaign here. 

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'Living with an eating disorder is not like living at all. I’m a lot better now and can say that the feeling of true happiness is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.’

Chloe Faulkner from Cookstown was diagnosed with anorexia at 15. She’s teamed up with Jordan Caldwell to show others with eating disorders that they don’t have to fight their demons alone.

Read more about Chloe's campaign here.

‘I want to say to anyone who is battling a mental health condition that there is always hope. Life can change in a moment.’

Claire Greaves from Pontypool knows what it’s like to be diagnosed with anorexia and sectioned. She shares her experiences to show others that eating disorders aren’t glamorous.

Read more about Claire's campaign here.

'When I was admitted to an eating disorder clinic it was just me and one other guy among 50 women. It makes you feel like you shouldn't be there - like you're a man and you're not supposed to have an eating disorder.'

Danny Bowman from Alnwick began to purge and developed a condition known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) after a modelling agency criticised his weight. His efforts to raise awareness of the illness have attracted attention worldwide.

Read more about Danny's campaign here.

‘I’d like to see earlier intervention to treat eating disorders and more support for families so they are equipped to help sufferers.’

Bristol Fixer, Imogen Smith, was diagnosed with an eating disorder in her late teens and also used to self-harm. She participated in The Feel Happy Eating Fix in June 2015, championing events that bring young people with similar experiences together. She wants to use her insight into life with a mental health condition to show others they’re not alone.

Read more about Imogen and The Feel Happy Eating Fix here.

‘I was angry with food, as ridiculous as that sounds. Because I didn’t want to eat it, I would binge on it. That was the worst part for me.’

Jane O’Mahoney has been affected by both anorexia and bulimia. With the rest of her group from Newcastle, she wants to educate young people about eating disorders and where to go for support.

Read more about Jane's campaign here.

‘I refused to eat or drink anything. I didn’t even brush my teeth because I thought there were calories in the toothpaste. The anorexia was like someone else was in control of my body.’

Jordan Caldwell from Carnmoney began his battle with anorexia at the age of 12. Now in recovery, he wants to encourage others not to lose faith as they can get better.

Read more about Jordan's campaign here or click here to watch Jordan interview his family, as he finds out how his eating disorder affected those close to him.

‘After ten months I finally received an assessment, only to be told that I wasn’t ill enough even for outpatient treatment. I found that response incredibly triggering.’

Kat Pugh from Putney first developed an eating disorder at the age of 11 and decided to seek support following a relapse in her 20s. She had a negative experience when she tried to get treatment and now wants others with eating disorders to be able to access help early.

Read more about Kat's campaign here.

‘I was constantly labelled anorexic, bulimic or a non-compliant diabetic. None of which were true. I felt like my treatment was either dealing with my diabetes or my eating disorder – never both together.’

For nearly two years, Lucy Travers from Norwich struggled with diabulimia, a condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Now in recovery, Lucy wants to help medical professionals better understand the disorder, which causes people with type 1 diabetes to skip insulin injections in order to lose weight.

Read more about Lucy's campaign here.

‘For nine years I struggled with my mental health. Creativity really helped me in terms of my recovery and I wanted to share how powerful it can be.’

Naomi from Nottingham didn’t like to talk about her anorexia and depression, but she found ways to express her feelings creatively, which helped. Now she wants to encourage others with mental health conditions to do the same.

Read more about Naomi's campaign here.

‘It’s hard to describe how low you’re feeling. It’s like you have this black brick inside you. You don’t feel all there.’

Sarah Harmon from Presteigne has battled an eating disorder, borderline personality disorder and the urge to self-harm. She now wants to help others understand and identify when someone they know is unwell.

Read more about Sarah's campaign here.

‘When you’ve been through a journey like mine, to come out on top and be smiling is the best feeling ever.’

Low self-esteem led Shannon Finan from Coventry to develop anorexia and bulimia. Now in recovery, she wants to use her experiences to help others maintain positive attitudes towards body image.

Read more about Shannon's campaign here.

‘Living with an eating disorder can be an all-consuming nightmare. Some people still think it’s about vanity. They don’t understand it’s not a choice. It’s a mental health condition.’

Stacey Patience from Avoch was diagnosed with anorexia in 2012 and had to travel miles for specialist treatment. With Fixers, she’s set up a website to offer information and support to anyone affected by an eating disorder in the Highlands and Islands.


Read more about Stacey's campaign here.

‘When you look in the mirror, you’re not seeing reality.’

Vicki Daniels from Chester struggled with anorexia and bulimia for around 5 years. She told her story to show others that eating disorders are not about vanity, but are serious mental health conditions.

Read more about Vicki's campaign here.

 

 
 
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