Anorexia is a serious mental illness which is too often stereotyped, glamorised, misunderstood, simplified and belittled.
There can be no simple, straightforward explanation for an illness as extremely complex as anorexia nervosa. Eating disorders affect around 1.6 million people in the UK, and although anorexia isn’t the most common, it is the most deadly. Characterised by an overwhelming fear of weight gain, those affected dramatically reduce their food intake and may also overexercise, vomit or use laxatives in a desperate bid to lose weight.
Anorexia does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, genders, ethnicity, race and religion. With this book the author hopes to expel the myths and stereotypes that exist about anorexia and help you to understand the true meaning of anorexia – above and beyond those age-old explanations that only ever scratch the surface.
Setting it Straight – What is Anorexia?
The Illness That Doesn’t Discriminate
Pointing The Finger: Who or What is to Blame?
Spotting the Signs
Acknowledgement and Asking for Help
Letting Go – Stepping Towards
Staying Safe – Preventing Relapse
Keeping Up the Fight: The Onward
Ilona Burton is a journalist and mental health awareness campaigner from Manchester. She gained a First Class degree in Film & Television Studies at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and went on to obtain an MA in Journalism from the University of Salford whilst working in current affairs at BBC North.
Ilona has lived with anorexia and bulimia from a young age and has received specialised treatment for both. She became a young ambassador for Beat (the UK’s largest eating disorder charity) and has since made several appearances on national television and spoken about her personal experiences on BBC 5Live, Radio 1 and local radio stations. She has also assisted in many research studies and advised professionals who work with eating disorders.
Her blog for The Independent is open and honest; constantly challenging the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental health issues. She has also written guest blogs for Mind Charity and Young Minds. She writes with passion, intelligence and offers a rare insight into an illness that is often shrouded in shame and secrecy. You can read more about Ilona Burton here: www.ilonacatherine.co.uk