Mark and Natasha’s blogs from 2009

December 11, 2009

Shobna Gulati and the Battle Against Negative Body Image (Natasha)

During the course of my research, I have unearthed a wealth of newspaper, magazine and online articles concerning negative body image. They report on how it’s robbing our children of the liberal abandonment and unadulterated joy that should comprise their infanthoods, how it’s dominating the waking thoughts of every UK woman between the ages of […]

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December 3, 2009

Moss vs French – The Debate Continues (Natasha)

Today, an article appeared in the Daily Mail (click here to read) which amounted to a scathing and very personal attack on the lovely Ms French for daring to be proud of her fatness. Whilst there was perhaps some validity in the journalists’ assertion that Dawn cannot call for fat jokes to be banned when […]

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December 1, 2009

Eating Disorders – Our Genetic Destiny? (Natasha)

To hear me speaking about the opinions in this blog, click here and go to 1 hour 7 mins. Today the Daily Mirror published new findings which suggest that anorexia and other eating disorders are genetic. It’s a tempting theory, isn’t it? As a society and as individuals it absolves us of all responsibility for […]

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November 24, 2009

The Real Beauty Debate (Natasha)

The media have seemingly never been so keen to provoke a robust debate on the real beauty issue, which is fortunate for us here at Winning Minds and for Body Gossip. One would think it would be difficult to argue with the idea that we should all be happy in our own skins, but apparently […]

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November 11, 2009

“Shedding The Identity” – A Pioneering Workshop for Ex ED Sufferers endorsed by B-eat

Shedding the Identity – A Workshop for Eating Disorder Sufferers “in Recovery” As we go through the recovery process, eating disorder sufferers are told that, whilst our destructive behaviour (the bingeing, purging and starving) may cease and to the outside World we may appear “normal” once more, inside we will always feel the emotions associated […]

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November 6, 2009

Eating Disorders – A Mum’s Eye View

On a social evening out, having set off determined to enjoy myself and have a break from the ‘hand wringing’, I mention to a distant friend that my previously wholesome teenager had lost almost half their body weight in 6 months. ‘Oh, that’s good’ she said smiling and nodding in approval…. I wanted to cry. […]

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Anorexia – Jennifer’s True Story and the Treatment the Really Works

Anorexia just happened. I didn’t see it coming, but when I was made aware of its presence in me, I didn’t want it gone. I had to work hard at it, and I worked at keeping the lies in my head that bound my body up so tightly. Then again, if I didn’t feel so […]

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November 3, 2009

Natasha’s Story and the Bulimia Treatment that Really Worked

As had become my custom, I had just thrown up into a plastic bag. That’s the problem with flat sharing, you can’t disappear into the bathroom after every meal and claim you’re having a bath, using the thundering of the taps to hide the sound of your retching – People get suspicious and/or irritated that […]

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October 15, 2009

Eating Disorder Treatments – Finally A Cure That Works

Traditional therapies tend to tackle one side of the numerous issues which lead to eating disorders, but are not all-encompassing. CBT Cognitive behavioural therapy tells the sufferer to take one day at a time and “manage” their issue – With guidelines to avert their destructive behaviour. This focuses on the symptoms of the eating disorder, […]

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