Bake Off's Steph Blackwell on speaking publicly about her eating disorder
Steph Blackwell was one of the stand-out stars of this year’s Great British Bake Off winning ‘Star Baker’ a record breaking four times. The 28-year-old has been suffering with an eating disorder since she was 17 and recently decided to talk publicly about her illness in order to help others who may be struggling.
B-eat (Beat Eating Disorders)
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National Centre for Eating Disorders
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Everything you need about eating disorders treatment, information and professional training in the help and treatment of eating disorders. Eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, orthorexia and failed dieting affect people in every walk of life. There are millions of men and women suffering from chaotic eating disorders, perhaps harbouring persistent weight problems and obsessed with food and weight who need help to beat their symptoms.
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‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is an award winning national charity dedicated to representing and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. Our website provides essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for men to get their voices heard as well as offer peer support via our forum. We also campaign in the media and organise awareness raising events and training for professionals.
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Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. Welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.
The charity is committed to developing and researching new treatments for obesity. It is also working to increase the availability of the successful treatments it has pioneered in the UK via self-help programmes, self-help support groups and family based childhood obesity treatment.
An independent site, managed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), with unbiased, easy-to-follow hints and tips - based on the latest evidence - to help you manage your weight for good. It will help you take a look at your current eating habits and physical activity levels, and offer a practical approach to setting your own goals for lifestyle change.
British Nutrition Foundation
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Promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health.
Recover Your Life
One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.
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National charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people. Services include the Parents Information Service, which is a free confidential helpline for any adult with concerns information about the mental health of a child or young person.
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