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About CharlotteB

Charlotte Bevan, wife of a farmer, mother of teenagers, breast cancer survivor and parent advocate Secretary F.E.A.S.T. UK, Expert Carer, Echo Project, Institute of Psychiatry, talkhealth and Mumsnet Blogger

Book Review: Decoding Anorexia by Carrie Arnold


Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders

“Decoding Anorexia is the first and only book to explain anorexia nervosa from a biological point of view. Its clear, user-friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is paired with first person descriptions and personal narratives of … Continue reading


Treatment refusal and Palliative Care


A question from my friend, Marcella. “I have been asked to comment on the feeling of carers about palliative care and “treatment resistant anorexia”. My first thought is that Anorexia Nervosa is always pretty treatment resistant but that that doesn’t … Continue reading


A Guest Post – Anorexia and Anxiety


Anorexia Nervosa: An Anxiety Disorder with a Specific Set of Rules? Okay, so the awesome Charlotte has invited me to write a blog post related to the title above. Some of you may have previously read my own blog: ‘Extra … Continue reading


Should I clap?


This is a blog about serial yo yo dieting.  Not a blog about those who lose weight for medical/psychological reasons. Parents don’t cause eating disorders. “I’ve lost 10 lbs.  I’ve been on this marvellous new protein/low carb/grapefruit/wasp-sting extract/shark tooth/stinging nettle … Continue reading


What every Eating Disorder clinician should know


No two eating diorder patients are the same If you are treating all eating disorder patients in the same way, you are doing something wrong.  Boys and girls are different. Each patient comes from a different creed, class, colour, country. … Continue reading


What every doctor should know


An eating disorder is a physiological and a psychological disorder. Regarding an eating disorder as a purely psychological problem and treating it as such can prolong and perpetuate the disorder.  Treating the purely physiological symptoms by refeeding to 90% of … Continue reading


The New Maudsley Approach website


Although the New Maudsley Approach website is not quite finished, it seems to be helping some of those picky folks on the forum so I thought I would do a bit of promotion on my blog. Thank you to Pam MacDonald, for … Continue reading


Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme.


Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme. My dear friend I have thought long and hard about this. You must understand that I am a parent advocate and have no … Continue reading


1 in 20


Carrie Arnold, of the excellent ed bites is starting a campaign to raise the profile of just how common eating disorders are. The statistics are very scary: Each year, roughly 4 million babies are born in America. Approximately 500,000 of these … Continue reading


How not to treat a mentally ill patient


I was sent yesterday a scan of the Sheppard Pratt handbook, given to parents of a 13 year old earlier this year.  It is a sort of “Welcome to, Treatment Plan, Optional Extras” type document which is bad in too … Continue reading


Don’t think – act


An amazingly insightful blog post from the wonderful Carrie Arnold at ed bites, containing one of the greatest pieces of advice. You can’t think your way out of a disorder that you behaved your way into. This insight is incredibly helpful … Continue reading


A conversation with Irish Up – how brains work.


A few days ago, I decided to try out some of my more extreme theories on the world about brain wiring, brain trimming and fault neurons.  Luckily I am blessed with the wonderful Irish Up  as a friend, to set … Continue reading


Anorexia in Adolescents


A 19 minute video to help explain signs, symptoms and treatment for anorexia in adolescents. Anorexia in adolescents by C and M Productions   +356   


Let’s talk about fat


Let’s talk about fat. We live in a society that views all fat as bad.  Fat free everything everywhere.  Dire warnings about being overweight and how much obesity is costing the healthcare systems.  Fat has been demonised.  Fat is officially BAD … Continue reading




There has long been a discussion Around the Dinner Table about Pandas.  Not just the cute black and white furry bears that have proved useful as a distraction technique whilst refeeding a loved one with an eating disorder but the … Continue reading


Anorexia in Adolescents


M and I started making films about eating disorders in January 2011, using Xtranormal.  It may not have been the slickest or smoothest of mediums but it has served our purpose of disseminating information to parents, carers and clinicians in … Continue reading


Do Parents Cause Eating Disorders?


An important blog post from ExtraLongTail Parents and Anorexia can be read here. or from F.E.A.S.T. Do Parents Cause Their Children to Develop Eating Disorders? Parents do not cause eating disorders. That statement may seem obvious, but it is the … Continue reading


The importance of nutrition for the brain


I have involved in a number of discussions over the last week about the importance of nutrition for the brain.  I have looked at a number of studies about food and depression, the importance of nutrition for geriatric patients and the … Continue reading


Another BMI Rant


To Deborah Mason – for encouragement: Would it surprise you to know that Venus Williams is 3kg off being classed as overweight?  Does this now make you rethink the current obesity epidemic hysteria in the media? For the three zillionth … Continue reading


An Explanation of BMI and its shortcomings


This is a really complex subject so I will try and break it down: BMI and the DSM The DSM threshold for anorexia nervosa is a BMI of 17.5.  Two points to notice.  The first is that a person with … Continue reading


Setting a Target Weight Range


Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) Setting Target Weight After an eating disorder diagnosis, it is important to determine whether the patient’s disordered eating behaviors have artificially changed body composition and … Continue reading


The Role of Nutrition for Parents


The role of nutrition, food intake and weight What do food and nutrition have to do with eating disorder recovery? What can parents do when it comes to what, when, and how much to eat? There are two important things … Continue reading


What causes an eating disorder


Reproduced with kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) “What causes a person to develop an eating disorder? We do not yet know, for sure, what causes eating disorders. Here are some things we do … Continue reading


Feeding Requirements


Where do you begin when your child has just been diagnosed with an eating disorder?  Well, if you are anything like me, you begin from a place of total ignorance, prejudice and despair.  Unhelpfully, the majority of Tier 1 clinicians … Continue reading


Eating Disorders and Malnutrition


Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) “EFFECTS OF MALNUTRITION An eating disorder, along with the cognitive and emotional symptoms, causes nutritional chaos. That chaos of lost nutrients, erratic supply, and the … Continue reading


Eating Disorders – a short introduction


When describing mental illnesses, it is the current practice to describe them as brain disorders.  Personally, I prefer brain circuitry disorders as described here by Dr Thomas Insel, Head of NIMH. So what are eating disorders and are they brain … Continue reading