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We are passionate about offering a service and community which is inclusive, empathic, understanding and non-judgmental. We believe that support should be available for all those affected by eating difficulties and disorders regardless of age, race, gender identity, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

These principles of equality and diversity underpin our person-centred, service user led approach to mental health and a big part of the reason we decided to launch our blog space. Here you’ll find First Steps ED updates, as well as stories and features from our community. We want to give everyone an opportunity to share stories, introduce unheard voices and discuss important topics around mental health and eating disorders.

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Race, Culture and Body Image

Race, Culture and Body Image Cultural views of bodies can be vastly different all over the world and are impacted by our different histories, including oppression, colonialism and racism. As part of thinking about body image, reflecting on our heritage and ethnicity is important for all

Health, Weight Stigma & Fatphobia

Health, Weight Stigma & Fatphobia Health is so much more than a number on a scale or your BMI - it’s about sleep, mental health, activity, stress levels, relationships with others, and much more.  You may have heard the term “healthy weight” or “normal weight” before,

Support, Stigma and Recovery this Halloween

Support, Stigma and Recovery this Halloween Autumn is my favourite season, there, I said it. I can't decide if it's the wonderful changes in nature or the cosy pastimes which hook me in but it's by far my favourite season of all! And one of the

Realisation and Real Talk in Recovery

Realisation and Real Talk in Recovery My struggles with food have been something that started pretty young although I didn’t really realise what it was or that it wasn’t normal until I was older.  I was always bullied about the way I looked from a young

Anxiety and Eating Difficulties at University

Anxiety and Eating Difficulties at University Eating disorders & difficulties with eating can have a huge impact on your social life. Activities you may have really enjoyed before (such as going for a meal with friends or family) are now scary and anxiety-inducing and you may

Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Misconceptions About Eating Disorders “Eating disorders are just about vanity.”   “If you have an eating disorder you just want to be thin.”   “Eating disorders are a way of getting control.” Recognise any of these? Heard them before? I’ve lived with an eating disorder for over ten

Eating Disorders Do Not Have “A Look”

Eating Disorders Do Not Have "A Look" I was diagnosed with Atypical Anorexia one month before my 40th birthday. Nine months earlier I’d been sat in the doctor’s room for the first time, trying to explain that I had “issues with food”. I don’t know whether

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig I’m not a great reader, I wish I was. I am what I describe as a ‘fair-weather reader’. It is not until summer arrives that I pull myself away from work and catch up on those reading

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 3

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 3 Don't forget to read Part One & Two XXIII How to feel beautiful without feeling hungry:   I don’t know     XXIIII   My Favourite Monster The truth of how I feel Asks to be set free Acknowledged and recognised

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