A campaign has been launched by three people on Tyneside which aims to reduce stigma and dispel myths surrounding eating disorders.
The trio will draw on their own experiences with food as part of an awareness raising campaign which stresses the psychological impact of having an eating disorder.
Led by Jane O'Mahoney, from South Tyneside, they want people to understand that having an eating disorder is not just about being consumed with weight control, but it is often accompanied by intense periods of depression too.
Working with Fixers, a national movement of young people tackling problems they feel passionately about, the trio are planning to visit schools and colleges across Tyneside.
Helping Jane with her campaign are fellow Fixers, Erin Ruddick, 22, from North Tyneside, and Samira Jay, 21, from Newcastle.
"I was angry with food, as ridiculous as that sounds. I didn't want to eat it but I would binge on it. The worst part of it for me psychologically was the binge eating. You would just hate yourself."
– Jane O'Mahoney
"At my worst, I just wanted to be dead, so in a sense, starvation was one route to ending the cycle I didn't think I could get out of."
– Erin Ruddick
"There comes a time when nothing matters. You don't care about people, you don't care about education, you don't care about your friends, you just care about listening to what is like a voice in your head."
– Samira, ambassador for eating disorder charity Beat