To the heckler who just shouted “run, fat girl, run”, I suppose you succeeded in your aim, which was probably to make your friend laugh. And then just a few moments later you will have forgotten about it. But I can still hear your words. Didn’t you think about how a comment like that could… Continue reading To the heckler
Feeling unwell is generally easy to spot. A tummy ache, headache, sore throat – once you’re over the age of about 3, these feelings are easy to recognise and easy to treat. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s the same for mental health. This is one of those circumstances where being a sufferer of mental ill… Continue reading Do you need to give yourself a break?
What do you do when you think your happiness depends on something, and when you finally achieve it you’re the least happy you have ever been? For a long time I wanted to be thin. All the way through school I compared myself to most people around me. Not just my friends, but strangers too.… Continue reading The reality of unhappiness
Ah, calories. That pesky little unit that is both revered and feared by so many. Of course, calories refer to an amount of energy, but they have come to mean much more than that and can make or break a food’s popularity rating… (celery is a classic example of how a disgusting food can suddenly… Continue reading We’ll be counting calories
22nd April feels like a lifetime ago, but I remember every detail of marathon day vividly. I knew when I was told I had a place that I was about to experience a time in my life that would teach me a lot and that I’d remember for a long time to come. During my… Continue reading What I learnt running the marathon
I often find that when I talk about certain behaviours or attitudes surrounding food, exercise or body image, I mention danger. Worrying about how much you weigh is dangerous; restricting a certain food group is dangerous; comparing yourself to others is dangerous. Is it really dangerous? For me, and many others, it is. As someone… Continue reading What’s the danger
Weight: it’s just a number, right? Actually, if we’re being technical, it’s a measure of force. It’s commonplace to hear someone say they want to loose ‘weight’. Now we all know what that means, but it’s an interesting way of putting it. Is that the real aim? To lose weight? Or if you felt healthier,… Continue reading Stepping off the scales