Monthly Archives: September 2013

Punting on the River Cam – this is living

The wonders of recovering from an eating disorder never cease. Yesterday, I had a go at punting on the River Cam in beautiful Cambridge, England. Here I am, a grandmother, having the time of my life. Yes, My Life. Freedom from an eating disorder means exactly this – the freedom to do what I want to do. […]

App-ily building bridges in eating disorder care and recovery

The Internet is fast filling gaps in eating disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Recovery Record and Proud2Bme will be the subject of a concurrent session ‘Building Bridges Not Walls’ at this year’s NEDA Conference. Both are outstanding examples of how technology is helping people everywhere to connect and improve their lives with online support. Presenters Jenna Tregarthen, […]

Tonight a literary dinner with my friend Pooky and others

Writing books about eating disorders brings me into touch with amazing people around the world. I am very excited today (I am excited every day but especially today) because in London this evening I will meet dear friend  and writing colleague, Pooky Hesmondhaigh for the first time. Pooky has contributed to several of my books, […]

Why Laura is giving her birthday away this year

Friends are like gems. And when friendships are formed in the process of advocating for a life-saving cause, that of  finding the cause of Anorexia Nervosa, their beauty and strength makes them priceless. This letter from my dear friend, Laura, about her dear friend, Charlotte, says it all: Dear Friend, My birthday is next week. […]

Catching the NEDA ‘Bug’ – you’ll find it in Washington DC

When I attended the NEDA Conference in Minneapolis in 2009 I did not know anyone. I was nervous and excited. Communication online had led to this point – and now suddenly there I was, about to meet people in real life, in person. This was scary. A warm welcome swept all doubts aside as soon […]

In a queue at Madame Tussauds, talking about eating disorders

Standing in a long, slow-moving queue to visit the amazing Madame Tussauds exhibition in London on an otherwise grey, wet September day, offered opportunity to chat to others. The young couple next in line announced they had come from Birmingham for the weekend. ‘What brings you here?’ the young woman asked. ‘Writing a book,” I said. […]

Up and away on seven-week book research trip to unravel the mystery of ED

After 18 months of planning, here I am in the Qantas Club lounge at Melbourne Airport. In one hour I will be in the air on the way to London, via Dubai. During the next seven weeks I will meet many people, in the UK, USA and Canada. The purpose of this trip is to […]

Getting out of BED – a guide for clinicians

“That’s me!” my GP exclaimed when I mentioned A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder was my next book. I’d been seeing my GP for 20 years and had no idea she had an eating disorder. Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent binge-eating episodes during which a person feels a loss of control over his or her eating. […]

Hear this: healing requires a team effort

Next week, I depart Australia on a seven-week book research trip to the UK, USA and Canada. The many special people I will meet  include Prof. Janet Treasure, Prof. Ivan Eisler, families and sufferers of eating disorders. Every one of us has an important role in finding how to treat eating disorders successfully. One thing […]