Hungry for Words: An interdisciplinary approach to articulating, communicating and understanding male anorexia nervosa
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Hungry for Words

This project focuses on the problems and perspectives of articulating, communicating and understanding anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders affecting men and boys.
 

 

For Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 we want to take poems out into the public and have asked people who are passionate about the project - GPs, nurses, students, teachers and siblings – to lend their voice reading them aloud.

Note: The poem below is personal, raw and honest. Some people may find it triggering although it is not intended so.

"No Sugar" transcript

My brother won’t eat
sugar or fat,
meat or flour.
He runs 18 miles
on a cup of
oatmeal.
His eyes are black
and his fingers
like bone.
I hear his shoes
slapping the pavement
at midnight.
He flies like
a hummingbird
who can't find nectar—
For as long
as he can.

 

 

 

Read more poetry written from the perspectives of people affected by ‘disordered’ eating, including family, friends, health practitioners, and observers on our poetry page:

Poetry page

We welcome your thoughts about the above poem or any of the other poetry featured on this website. Please submit your comments using the feeback form.

Feedback on poetry

It would have been helpful in my recovery process to be able to read these poems as it would have given me the words I struggled to find to articulate myself. I feel they can provide a sufferer with support to seek help, to know that you are not alone with these issues and that it is nothing to be ashamed of.
 
 

Poetry

Poetry written from the perspectives of people affected by ‘disordered’ eating

Events

A mixture of workshops, gigs and outreach events

 

 

 Our follow-on project is looking to raise greater awareness for male eating disorders at the level of primary care using narratives of lived experience to create an innovative training resource.

 

 

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Project partners

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Hungry for Words: An interdisciplinary approach to articulating, communicating and understanding male anorexia nervosa




telephone:0115 95 15816
email: heike.bartel@nottingham.ac.uk