I wrote this piece for The Huffington Post UK in 2016. The original post can be viewed here.
Daniel Bird, 20, YouTuber And Blogger
Daniel is in recovery from anorexia nervosa. He finally asked for medical help because he realised he was tired all the time and had no energy. His doctor made him aware that this was due to his eating habits. Daniel booked a holiday and made it his personal goal to make himself well enough to go. It was the incentive he needed to get back on track.
Daniel’s Advice To His Younger Self
“If I was to write a letter to my younger self, I’d say just make sure everything is correct. If you feel as though you’re underweight or realise you’re acting differently to those around you – speak to somebody earlier.
“I was almost hospitalised because of my eating disorder, but I sought help at the crucial moment. Make sure you get the right amount of nutrients to keep you fit and healthy, so you’re not always tired and falling asleep in class because you’re not getting energy.
“Overall, just make sure you have friends and family around you, who will be there for you and encourage you to step into the recovery process.”