My magazine

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As part of my final year studies, I was required to design and create a 16-page magazine. The genre and layout of the magazine were completely my choice and I decided to chose the theme of Veganism.

I am not a vegan myself however, I took the opportunity to educate myself on a new topic and create a magazine based on a vegan lifestyle. I feel I put a lot of research and time into the original content and design of my magazine and it is something I am very proud of.

Some of the content is original media, some has been copied for assignment purposes under my brief. All images I have used are either: my own, copyright free or used with permission from the owner. The pages were designed using InDesign, software which I now feel confident in using as well as PhotoShop however I am always looking to develop my skills.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Our top five tips for dealing with an incompatible sleeping partner

We all know the feeling of waking up after a disturbed night sleep, the dread of the day ahead and the pain of pulling yourself away from the warmth of your cosy bed.

But for some people that dread is made worse knowing that disturbed sleep is a regular occurrence next to their incompatible sleeping partner. Research shows that there are many reasons why couples may find it difficult to dose off and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep together, the main one being snoring.

Here at Silentnight we’ve put together five tips for getting the best night’s sleep possible and maybe even saving your relationship in the process.

  1. Serial Snorers: there are so many tips to help with snoring but of course these won’t always work for everyone. The best thing to help is to reduce the consumption of food and drink in the evenings. The more you eat late at night the more likely you are to snore as food which is not fully digested before sleep can push against your diaphragm and increase the pressure on your respiratory system. Other things which may help include: change in sleeping positions, nasal cleansing with saline and of course, the old faithful, earplugs
  2. Duvet Stealer: Is there anything worse than waking up in the middle of the night shivering only to look over at your partner all wrapped up? We don’t think so either. The best solution to this is to buy separate blankets to have on top of your duvet so you will always have a back-up plan without having to initiate a tug of war situation in the bedroom
  3. Cuddlers: More couples than you may think suffer with this problem but it can be so simply resolved. Sleep specialist and clinical physiologist, Janet Kennedy suggests; a designated ‘cuddle time’ for 15-20 minutes can help and then agree to go your separate ways. That way you both get to sleep happy
  4. Lights Out: This can be an age old problem and one that can be a little harder to settle on. It is natural instinct to want to sleep in darkness. Darkness signifies sleep to most of us but there are some people who are programmed to sleep with some form of light on. The typical answer may be to get an eye mask however one way to get around this may be to keep a small, low watt plug in light on through the night as far away from the partner who likes it dark as possible
  5. Wrigglers: Foam mattresses or mattress toppers could be the answer to all your problems if your partner thrashes around the bed through the night. As there are no springs involved, the impact of the movement is minimised and you are less likely to be woken by any sudden movements.

Ultimately, to make for a good night sleep, compromising is key. But if following our five simple tips help you wake up feeling fresh then at least you’ve won.

Share your top tips for a great night’s sleep with your partner on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #MySleepSecret

Review: The Deaf Institute

SITUATED just off Manchester’s busy Oxford Road, The Deaf Institute is an unlikely venue for a vegan feast. The converted three story building, which was built in 1887 and originally used as an institute for the deaf and mute community seemingly has it all these days. A quirky basement bar greets you on arrival, make your way up the stairway to the casual vegan kitchen and topped off with the third floor music hall there is something to please everyone at the bustling hotspot.

On the second floor lies every vegans dream come true with the institutes very own burger joint and kitchen. A small and intimate room dimly lit for a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. The room is quiet and contained until it gets busy and adopts a lively, fun ambience. The dining booths and benches set the tone of a casual eatery set off by over-head pendent lights and red table lamps. The room is fittingly decorated with edgy mounted stag head, band posters and antique chandeliers. There’s a constant theme of old vs new throughout the restaurant as retro wall paper lines the walls, dusted with fairy lights and all topped off with a central disco ball which shimmers lights around the room.

Indie-rock music sets the mood for a subdued dining experience. The variety of plates on offer is impressive for such a small venue, and the array of classic dishes for vegans is outstanding. The food came out quickly and with a smile, we opted for the mac and cheese and the loaded vegan nachos to start and we weren’t disappointed. The portion sizes were much larger than we expected and great value for money. The mac and cheese, made with cashew nut cheese sauce, although 100 per cent vegan was deliciously creamy and well-seasoned. Packed full of flavours with subtle under tones of garlic and a hint of spices made for a great indication of what was to come. Dressed with breadcrumbs and chopped parsley the dish was great winter comfort food on a cold evening in the city.

The nachos did not disappoint either, the bowl was filled to the brim with colours and delicious sauces topped with fresh chillies for a great vegan twist on an authentic Mexican dish. To say the two starter dishes, or ‘small plates’ as they were referred to on the menu had us feeling full may have been an understatement by this point, but it wasn’t long before we were presented with our main dishes.

We went for the veggie dog and three bean chilli with rice. Again the dishes were larger than we expected but we were up for the challenge. We went for the ultimate indulgence meals, the veggie dog came well presented on a baking tray lined with printed Deaf Institute paper with a side of house fries. The size of the dish will certainly make you wonder if perhaps your eyes are bigger than your belly. Covered in lashings of Tijuana barbeque and sour cream sauces and topped with jalapeños the dish smells almost as good at it tastes. Vegan sausage, which is made in house with only the best and freshest ingredients had a great texture and taste with a smoky and nut based flavour. Although the bread looks overwhelming it’s pleasantly light and compliments the dish well. A definite must try when you visit.

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The drinks menu can’t go unmentioned either with mixture of trendy cocktails, house wines and craft beers made even better with their happy hour offer. Drinks are half price between 4-7pm everyday giving you no excuse but to give them a try. They have all the classics; mojitos and margarita’s alongside current twists on childhood favourites such as The Drumstick.

If the food and atmosphere alone wasn’t enough to encourage you to check out the institute they also have tonnes of events going on throughout the week plus a generous 20 per cent student discount to keep that bank balance happy. On Wednesday’s there’s 2’4’1 on all main meals and since the eatery doesn’t just have vegan food it’s the perfect place to socialise with your friends. Other weekly highlights include Monday’s open mic night and vegan roasts on Sunday’s. There really is something to satisfy anyone here, vegan or not.

Manchester at the heart of vegan protests

MANCHESTER has been the hub for vegan and animal rights activist demonstrations throughout November as the city prepares for a busy festive period.

The group of activists is organised by volunteers via various social media platforms such as Facebook, these people not only feel passionate about the cause, but also invest their time and money into making these events a success. Protesters have been grabbing attention across the region with a string of silent protests with the aim of spreading their views and opinions on animal cruelty, a cause the group feels increasingly passionate about at this time of year. The bustling atmosphere in the town centre makes for the perfect atmosphere in which to reach as many people as possible with their message.

Campaigners took to Market Street on Saturday November 12, to stage a silent protest in which supporters wore white masks and black hoods in an aim to shield their identity and create curiosity around their cause.

The group held up iPads which played videos of brutal animal abuse to enhance awareness and spread the bigger message. The event named: The Earthling’s Experience, also included people handing out flyers providing greater details and chalk written messages on the pavement reading ‘Save a life, go vegan.’ This all took place on one of Manchester’s busiest shopping streets on the opening weekend of the cities ever popular Christmas markets reaching more people and creating more mystery.

An event with a similar aim, organised by the same group set up stalls outside Holland and Barrett in the city centre on Sunday November 20. The gathering was named ‘Awakening Compassion’ and took a more subtle approach to sharing the same message. A casual and relaxed atmosphere was created with a peaceful protest of group members holding placards and offering free coffee cake for anyone wanting a chat, or who could spare the time to watch the three minute video the group want to share. Engaging with people in this way offered a more accessible route to the public.

Mosai Tesoro, 28, is the co-organiser of The Awakening Compassion Stall explained; ‘We work hard to make the stall look engaging and friendly and this results in a positive reaction from the public. The signs have raised people’s intrigue and whether they chose to engage or not it still makes an impression.

Veganism embraces sustainable, healthy and soulful living by rejecting the commodity status of animals. It is the cheapest diet on the planet and we aim to show others how it can be achieved at any age, any budget or any lifestyle.’

She added, ‘awakening compassion is not only our name but also our brand mission. Through research, education and support we aim to help others live their happiest lives.’

 

Manchester’s best alternatives to your regular office party

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and with that so are Christmas parties. Most companies just opt for a conventional celebration, a meal and drinks but there are more options in Manchester than you may think to spread festive cheer. Here are our top five alternatives to celebrating in a slightly different way this season.

Junkyard Golf Club

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Manchester’s answer to mini golf with a twist has had a Christmas make over. The courses have been decked with festive gear and fresh seasonal cocktails will see you around the holes on a Christmas outing different from the rest. Junkyard Golf has been a huge success since its arrival in Manchester and that’s no different during the Christmas period, with two brand new mash up courses available there something to suit every work team and inject some fun in your festive gathering.

Bookings are essential for large parties and play time can take up to an hour but the party doesn’t stop once all the holes are potted. The golf club is open every day and offers dreamy food at their #junkfoodkiosk serving up seriously tasty post game treats and cocktails to keep the party going.

Hayley, bookings manager at Junk Yard Golf explains, ‘we do get very busy this time of year and tickets sell out quickly. Bookings are important especially for large parties. The majority of our bookings are corporate so we are used to dealing with large parties. To make things easier groups can pre-order food and drinks to make things run smoother on the night.’

Bongo’s Bingo

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This alternative takes on the classic game makes for the perfect Christmas do. Bongo’s bingo has taken the city by storm since its arrival in 2015.

The event is strictly over 18’s and takes place in Manchester’s centrally located Albert Hall, just off Deansgate and takes place every Tuesday. The idea behind the themed nights is to make the game more relevant to a younger generation and that it does. A combination of rave intervals, dance competitions an d buckets of prosecco make for a Christmas party to remember.

The Elf Rave

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Your favourite Christmas film combined with a house party, what better way to celebrate the start of your Christmas break? It’s like a sleep over with your work colleagues only better.

This one off night at Albert Hall promises to offer a memorable evening with a ‘party screening’ of Elf, a festive rave, spaghetti eating competition and a Christmas beer festival and food stall a brilliant combination of all things festive for everyone to enjoy. Fancy dress is optional but festive cheer is guaranteed.

Tickets are still available but limited so be sure to snap them up before they go. They’re available from Albert Hall’s website for £15pp for the event on Saturday 17th December.

Black Dog Ballroom 

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If a private alternative for your office party is more up your street, why not give the Black Dog Ballroom a visit in the Northern Quarter. The private ballroom is free to hire through the week with your very own pool table, bespoke cocktail menu and a private karaoke booth so you can sing to your hearts content.

The room accommodates between 30-80 people and is yours for the night. Food is available so take your chance to eat, drink and be merry.

All Star Lanes

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How about some healthy competition to kick-start your Christmas party, luxury lanes are available for private hire with unlimited bowling, party food and cocktails on tap to increase your team spirit. With access to a retro photo booth for picture perfect memories to last you well past the festive period. With three different themed rooms to choose from we’re all about the alternative Christmas parties to get your adrenaline pumping.

As well as bowling fun, there is an all American diner for you to fill your face, a real change to traditional turkey dinners.

From the club to the cells, a night with Lancashire’s binge drinkers

BINGE drinking is amongst the nations biggest problems. Whether that be amongst young or old people, people from the South or from the North. It’s a problem everywhere. Although some research figures suggest that binge drinking is becoming less of a problem it is estimated that the cost of treating alcohol related injuries is within the region of £3 billion per year.

Binge drinking is the term given to excessive drinking of large amounts with the intention of getting drunk on a regular basis. Something which is commonly thought to be a problem exclusive to teenagers, young adults and students due to ever-growing popularity of nightlife in cities and towns across the UK.

North West England has a higher than national average alcohol consumption rate and is home thousands of students. With 40 percent of all A&E admissions relatable to alcohol over consumption. I spoke to Medacs officer Keven Renshaw to find out the strain this issue is putting on the NHS and public services.

Kev works as a Medac and is based in Lancashire covering Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley and Lancaster in a shift. His main job is to asses whether or not someone who has been arrested is medically fit for questioning and police interview.

‘I used to be an anesthetist nurse on a women’s health unit in a hospital. There you knew what you were expecting and almost all cases were the same and twelve hour shifts went on for what felt like forever. Whereas now you don’t have any briefing of who is going to be brought in and you can’t always be prepared for it either.  There could be a group of kids brought in for binge drinking or an elderly man who’s stabbed his wife and my job is to treat everyone the same.

‘I see a lot of people in the station due to excessive amounts of drinking and what’s even more worrying is that a lot of those people are young people who don’t understand the long term damage they could be doing to their bodies.  I’ve dealt with sixteen, seventeen year olds who have been arrested for being drunk and disorderly who are hysterically crying because they think being arrested means they are going to prison and they are begging me, someone who has little to no power over what happens to them not to tell their parents where they are when they struggle to tell me their own names. Girls are the worst for that and boys are worse for fighting. The girls generally just need time to sober up and calm down before they go in for questioning but with the boys it tends to be more than that. They need full medical treatment sometimes off site before they are in any fit state to be interviewed and they don’t even realize the harm they are doing to themselves by consuming so much alcohol and getting into such violent fights over from what I’ve been told is usually a spilled drink or an accidental shove on a dance floor.’

Medical evidence supports that females are far more vulnerable to the dangers of binge drinking than males due to a lower tolerance of alcohol. Despite this research also suggests that males are far more likely to binge drink to excess and be involved in alcohol related violence.

Kev went on to explain his typical night shifts and the encounters he has with highly intoxicated youths; ‘‘Through the weeknights we don’t see as much of this but come Friday and Saturday night the police cells are full of young intoxicated people waiting to be seen. Its much more of an issue than people realize. Its most worrying perhaps not for these young people themselves but their parents who are oblivious to the states their children are getting themselves into.

‘A typical Saturday shift will start off quietly, 7pm on a Saturday its what you would expect not much happening. I tend to start my shift in Preston but I’m on call for all other four sites so as soon as I’m needed elsewhere I’m in the car and on the move. If there is football on then you can almost guarantee we’ll have a few fighters brought in and I will have to stitch them up and sort them out before they’re questioned but its generally Blackpool first.’

Blackpool is a popular hen and stag do destination in North West England and attracts people from all over the UK over the weekends. Its cheap and cheerful appearance as well as many bars and clubs is attractive to not only these parties but also young people from the region.

‘Blackpool is always the busiest, closely followed by Preston. If I’m not in Blackpool by 9pm then something is seriously wrong. People tend to get either extremely violent or extremely nervous when they’re in with me. Like I have any power to do anything. Sometimes they’re abusive and derogatory towards the police and aim their anger at me not realizing that my job is to ensure their safety and health is in tact. The worst thing that’s happened with regards to this topic was when I was on call in Blackpool on a bank holiday Sunday night I was alone in a consultation room with two young lads, no older than 20 and they had me up against the wall, I was only running tests on them to see their alcohol levels but they were adamant that it was my fault they were in there.

‘People who don’t experience this first hand don’t really understand it and don’t really appreciate how much of an issue it is and what strain is being put on the health and crime services every week. If I had to pin point what I thought the reason for the rise in binge drinking in the North West was I would probably say boredom. There’s nothing really much for these kids to be doing other than going out on the weekend and drinking with their friends in town. I know because I used to be one of them and nothing much has changed. It’s also very cheap and accessible to them. Don’t get me wrong I see people coming in after drug use all the time but alcohol is far cheaper and more readily available to this generation and it causes them a lot of problems. Not to mention the problems it causes myself and the team.

‘When these young people are intoxicated to the levels which they are they don’t understand what they are doing and what they are saying, some find it funny and some don’t realize the consequences of their actions. On a typical night I will experience maybe 15 to 20 young people in these states and that’s just me. There is a definite problem with excessive binge drinking around here that doesn’t seem to ever stop. Whether it causes the person in custody to be violent, abusive or just rude I don’t think there is any doubt that more needs to be done to stop this from happening so often.’

Kev suggested that it could be time for club owners and workers to take some responsibility and limit how much alcohol is served to individuals. He explained, ‘It would be difficult for club owners and their staff to monitor intake but our resources are being stretched to deal with this which could in most cases be avoided with just drinking a little less or going home just a little earlier. In my mind something definitely needs to be done. Its not just us at the police stations that are being stretched due to this reoccurring issue but A&E departments across Lancashire are being over subscribed to as a result of excessive drinking as well with their peak being at weekends.’

It is believed that up to 30 percent of all accidents in the UK are related to alcohol intake whether that be an accident caused by excessive consumption of alcohol or the effects of an accident are worsened by intoxication, either way there is no disguising the cost and time strain being put on public services due to this on-going issue.

Nightlife in Lancashire generates high levels of income and boosts the local economy as a result of this, so it can be questioned whether or not the rise in nightlife culture can have a positive effect in some cases. Preston club owner, Andy Mac explains ‘MAC’s is my business its how I earn a living and at the end of the day it’s a money making thing for us. Yeah its bad seeing these young kids get themselves into states especially young girls making themselves vulnerable but it is what it is. I charge them to get in and charge them for drinks I cant be responsible for what happens to them when they’re in my club. I can’t be counting how many double vodka’s each 18-year-old girl is drinking on a Saturday night out with her friends. It’s just not possible. I have a strong security team that will take control of any situation that they consider to be getting out of hand. Whether that be a fight or someone who had more than enough. But I can’t tell my staff to stop serving them because they’ll just go elsewhere. It’s not like there isn’t any options.

‘I see maybe 300 to 400 people in MACs doors on your average Saturday night I can’t babysit them all and neither can my staff. That’s not what we are here for. We’re here to give the people of Preston a good night out and make money at the end of the day. People need to know their own limits and control themselves, be responsible for themselves, that can’t be my worry. We’ve all been in a state when we’ve had a few too many don’t get me wrong but when you cant stand up its probably time to go home. Maybe these kids need to be getting a better education on what drinking too much can do to them and be learning how to recognize when they’ve had enough and how to sober themselves up. But saying the responsibility and blame for binge drinking lies with club owners and workers is the same as say obesity caused by McDonalds workers. It’s a bit ridiculous.’

He also explained; ‘I think maybe these kids are exposed to it all early aren’t they. It’s all presented as very glamorous isn’t it going out on the weekend with your friends getting ready and drinking before your taxi arrives. What I wouldn’t say is that its worse round here than it is anywhere else in the country. They all have big clubs some much bigger than the ones here in Preston. It’s a university city isn’t it so the nightlife is going to be good. I wouldn’t really agree and say it was a binge drinking problem we have here it just young ones getting a bit carried away. That’s definitely not what MAC’s is we don’t support it. But at the same time these things aren’t our responsibility I’m trying to run a business.’

Although these are two very differing opinions on the consumption of alcohol it is clear that it is affecting everyone in the North West in different ways and more needs to be done to help minimise the negative strain being placed on the police and the NHS.

‘How pro anorexia blogs stole my teenage years’

Figures published by the national institute of health state that over 1.6 million people in the UK are now suffering from eating disorders. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating with the vast majority (89%) of sufferers being female. That said eating disorders can affect anyone at any time as 22-year-old Millie Turner knows only too well.

‘Living with an eating disorder was the hardest time of my life. It wasn’t the hunger that hurt it was hiding it from everyone, I lost friends because I just couldn’t face seeing them and having too eat with them or explain to them why I wasn’t. It was like I was stuck in my own bubble and I couldn’t get out and I couldn’t let anyone in I felt so alone all the time.’

Millie was just 15 years old when she developed anorexia, the disorder ran away with her quicker than her or anyone she knew could have imagined when she joined an online forum which promoted and encouraged an anorexic lifestyle. Social media and the rise of the internet has been linked with the glamorization of eating disorders, promoting an unhealthy body image through editing software such as Photoshop, creating obsessions with unrealistic body goals.

As social media has developed, as have online communities, these can be for anything that users share a mutual interest in. The most common online communities include gaming communities, online fandoms and YouTube/Blogging communities. With the rise in such online forums it has become far more accessible to gain health and fitness motivation and in more recent years, help on being anorexic.

At only 15, Millie decided that extreme measures had to be taken to change the way she felt about her body, through joining an online community she became close friends with a girl named Sophie who wrote a blog supporting the disorder. ‘It might sound absolutely insane but I actually came across Sophie’s blog very unintentionally. When I first decided I needed to do something about my weight I actually did a google search for ‘how to be anorexic’ and came across it. I would be lying if I said it didn’t instantly intrigue me and have me hooked from my first visit.’ She explained.

The disease itself is explained; a sufferer of Anorexia Nervosa often has a very distorted body image and an intense fear of gaining any weight. Though a sufferer may be hungry they inflict weightloss by brushing any calorific foods and fats. The condition is more common amongst girls usually being in their mid-teens and has little to do with looking good/more to do with a deep rooted emotional problem and the need for an element of control.

Anorexia is considered one of the worst eating disorders as it has the highest mortality rate in the UK at 25%, with a recovery rate of 60% with the increased use and access to Pro Anorexia dedicated FaceBook pages, Twitter and Instagram Accounts as well as blogs it is now easier than ever to gain help, support and motivation to become anorexic.

Such blogs describe pro anorexia (pro ana) as a religion and a lifestyle choice and not as an illness something which is concerning when accompanied by hashtags such as ‘thinspo’ and tag lines such as ‘Hello Skinny Bitches’ and ‘DON’T BINGE!’ thus promoting the lifestyle as desirable and something to aspire towards.

These accounts are typically ran by teenage girls and are therefore increasingly dangerous as they are aimed at their peers who’s family members may have no idea what they are looking at online and are not aware of the exposure their child is getting to such hard hitting and self-esteem killing material. Some blogs also include posts on how to hide anorexia from friends and family.

When asked how the community had affected her eating disorder Millie explained; ‘It didn’t make me feel any less alone, I didn’t feel like these people I spoke to were my friends, I didn’t feel like I knew them I just felt like they were my competition. I felt more determined to fast because of them. For me, because I have always been a competitive person, that’s what it was for me, it was a competition and that’s’ why it got to the stage it did I think. The very thing which gave me control was what made me lose it completely.’

Things only got worse for Millie when the online forum she was visiting turned into private chats between group members. ‘It made me competitive, especially once I started talking to a few of the girls through private messages. There were six of us involved and we decided to do a weekly weigh in to see who had lost the most. At a point these weekly weigh ins were what I lived for. I was weighing myself two times a day religiously and I would stand in front of the mirror crying at the state of my body. Anyone who says this isn’t an obsession truly has no idea. It consumed every part of me I very rarely thought of anything else at all and avoiding talking to many people because I knew they couldn’t understand me. I was wearing baggy jumpers and spending days in my bedroom to avoid seeing people. Because if they saw me they might notice and if they noticed they might stop me and that was something absolutely incomprehensible to me.’

Some Pro Anorexia websites include a disclaimer explaining that it is a support mechanism , Millie disagreed that this was what she experienced during her encounter, ‘Looking back, I was in such desperate need for help but I didn’t want it at all. I also think now that my mum knew all along. How could she not know I lost almost 3 stone in 20 weeks and she very rarely saw me eat anything for months. But I was at college and I had forgot my laptop and asked her to bring it in for me, it seems so strange now that something so simple was the beginning of the end for me. But before it had even crossed my mind that I may have left the webpage open or anything open for that matter; my mum was ringing me to come home and she knew everything. The next day I was in a hospital bed hooked up to a drip. I don’t remember too much of those 24 hours, I just remember not being left alone. Like I wasn’t trusted, like I was a risk to myself but I just couldn’t see it like that. I felt like my freedom and my control was gone but I also felt like my walls were coming down and I wasn’t quite so scared to be alone. It’s not a feeling I can describe to anyone really. I was just so scared I was going to get even fatter than ever.’

When asked about her recovery Millie added ‘Recovery is such a scary word for me. Mainly because I associate it with weight gain. I also didn’t think I ever had anything to recover from. But I was really wrong in that sense. I have a new outlook on recovery now I see it as a way of regaining the control I lost over my life. The control that the pro anorexia lifestyle and community took from me. Recovery for me is being able to be happy with my body. I wouldn’t say I was entirely happy with it now, but I would say I’m in a good place with it and I just take things at my own pace. It’s difficult and not a lot of people understand me and my addiction I’m just lucky to be surrounded with the right people now.

‘I think it’s difficult to give advice to others on how to deal with a situation in general. Mainly because I truly think everyone’s situation is different but advice on getting away from the community is crucial. It absorbs you in a way that I can’t even begin to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it. I would just say that being anorexic will never make you happy. It will not give you the body you want and it definitely won’t give you a life you want. In actual fact, it does the opposite of that. It takes the life out of you and no matter how many days you go on just drinking water and eating carrot sticks you will still look in the mirror and see a fat person looking back at you. And even when you are at your lowest you will still want more because that’s what it does. There is absolutely nothing glamorous about anorexia and trust me, its’ not worth it.’

For further help and advice on issues raised in this article please contact Beat. Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. Providing information and support through Helplines which people can call, text or email.

Help for adults

The Beat Adult Helpline is open to anyone over 18. Parents, teachers or any concerned adults should call the adult helpline.

Helpline: 0845 634 1414

Email: help@b-eat.co.uk

Help for young people

The Beat Youthline is open to anyone under 25.

Youthline: 0845 634 7650

Email: fyp@b-eat.co.uk