I was so pleased and proud to be featured in a local newspaper here in Manchester to spread my message of positivity around anorexia and better body image.
It’s really important for me to be able to get my message out there, because I feel that in general press don’t really share truly inspirational recovery stories in the way that they should. Instead, they focus on the lowest weight of the person, post emaciated photographs, include detailed (and unhelpful) descriptions of what they did and didn’t eat. What newspapers and magazines who share this type of content don’t see (or perhaps do see, but don’t care about) is the effect this has on people who are vulnerable to developing anorexia – or those in the early stages. These articles actively encourage them and even hand them tips to ‘help them’ to become poorly. I’m passionate about changing this because these types of articles definitely influenced me when I was developing anorexia.
Local press coverage for Tough Cookie is just as important as national and international exposure – so a big thank you to the Manchester Evening News and Stockport Express for sharing my positive perspective on anorexia – and hopefully allowing me to reach more people to show them that there are people out there who want to help and support them.