#TOTW from 29-04-16 ‘…stigma, denial, and a lack of public awareness…’


I hadn’t forgotten a #TOTW for last week! I have chosen to re-highlight the issue of eating disorders, and as the article below says, the lack of public awareness about them:

“…stigma, denial, and a lack of public awareness about …”  https://www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2016/apr/28/eating-disorders-are-more-common-in-some-schools-than-others-but-why

The article looks at how the educational environment may play a part in eating disorders. Dr. Helen Bould states:

“Of course, eating disorders are complex illnesses, and what leads any one individual to become ill will probably involve genetic predisposition, personal characteristics and the environment and stressors they encounter. School environments are just one factor that may play a part.”

It’s an interesting article and well worth 5 minutes of your time.

Ben 🙂


#TOTW (from 12-09-14): ‘It’s not just women that suffer from Eating Disorders’


Apologies for the lack of weekly updates these last couple of weekends, but i’ve been away on my summer break. Normal service can now be resumed! As i’ve been on my holidays I haven’t been tweeting as much, as some of the places i’ve been to have had either poor reception or no Wi-Fi! I’m glad to say i’m now well and truly back in the land of both 4G and decent Wi-Fi!

This week’s #TOTW was easily chosen, due to the response it provoked on my Twitter feed. Lots of retweets, which I always take as a sign that people are interested in the subject matter and want to share it with their followers:

It’s not just women that suffer from

It’s a subject close to my heart as I have known friends – male friends included – that suffered from Bulimia.

I don’t know a huge amount about it to be honest, but I would ask that you take the time to read the above article that appeared in The Telegraph this week, that tells the story of both Andrew Flintoff and Sam Thomas. Within the article above is a link to the full article about Andrew Flintoff and his battle with the disease. The comment introduces Sam Thomas the founder of MGEDT (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) who said:

“It’s seen as a weakness and a female thing, and there are many men who wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about their disorders. There’s a sense of shame and a fear of not being taken seriously.”

By talking about it here in my blog, hopefully it will help to educate those of you  – like myself – that might not know a lot about this, and to be aware of the warning signs for friends and relatives of yours that may need help.

It’s good to be back online…see you next week!