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Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson Slams Clean-Eating: ‘It Masks Eating Disorders’

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson Slams Clean-Eating: ‘It Masks Eating Disorders’

Speaking at the JW3 speaker series in London, Lawson criticized the trend of clean eating, insinuating that it is dangerous

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“People are using certain diets as a way to hide an eating disorder or a great sense of unhappiness and unease with their own body,” Lawson says.

Clean eating may be the trendy diet du jour, but not everyone is a fan. TV personality and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has spoken up about her disdain for clean eating, which she says is often used as a crutch to hide an eating disorder.

Clean eating is a trend that emphasizes lifestyle change just as much as a shift in diet: Clean eaters shop at farmers’ markets, fill their fridge and cupboards with organic fruits and vegetables, and are sure to stay away from most processed foods.

"There is a way in which food is used to either self-congratulate – you're a better person because you're eating like that – or to self-persecute, because you'll not allow yourself to eat what you want,” she said at the JW3 speaker series, a series of lectures by high-profile orators held in London. “I generally think it is not food if it is thought that being thinner is always better. What happens as a result is that somehow you are seen as a better person.”

This is not the first time the Simply Nigella TV host has spoken up about her disdain for the new clean eating trend. During an interview with the BBC TV show, Woman’s Hour, she expressed disgust over the trend.

Lawson has a personal gripe with unhealthy food obsession, and has recently opened up about her own mother’s struggle with an eating disorder.

“To wait until you have a terminal disease for you to enjoy eating is an awful thing,” she said.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


'Clean Eating Gave Me Anorexia'

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Eve Simmons, 27, thinks "clean-eating" Instagram pages are to blame for many eating disorders. Image: The Sun Source:Whimn

Eve used her vegan and gluten-free diet as a way to mask her frightening eating disorder.

Nigella Lawson&aposs right - trendy fad diets are a cover-up for eating disorders.

I know because I&aposve spent the last two years recovering from an eating disorder that nearly killed me - and it all began when I started "clean-eating."

TV chef Nigella told a group of students at a lecture in Toronto this weekend that “we live in an age of fads" and admitted being disgusted by the idea of clean eating - as it suggests other foods are "dirty."

And I am SO glad to see someone finally speaking sense about this.

Like Nigella, I agree that people are using clean eating - a range of diets which focus on cutting out certain fats, sugars and animal products - as a way to hide their eating disorders, because it&aposs exactly what happened to me.

Cooking Queen Nigella Lawson detests the new 'clean-eating' trend. Image: Getty Source:Whimn

The "clean-eating" bloggers that started it all

I was 23 when I became obsessed with eating "healthy" foods and calorie counting, which eventually led to a diagnosis of anorexia.

I&aposd never been worried about my body before, but when I got my first job at a fashion mag I became increasingly aware of how slim all the women around me were - and how little they ate.

Chatter in the office was all centred around food, with my peers constantly discussing their weight, diets and "clean eating" recipes.

They&aposd always be trying out recipes and bringing in impressive lunches from health blogger Melissa Hemsley or Madeleine Shaw, covered in kale, quinoa and linseed.

As a young and impressionable journalist, I looked up these women - so I&aposd go home and make the exact same thing for the next day. I wanted to be part of the "clean-eating club", just like them.

Soon I was looking up recipes and following bloggers on Instagram myself. The more I read about "healthy" eating habits the more obsessed I got.

I started making what Instagram told me were "healthier choices", swapping dairy milk for almond milk and trying to eat less starchy carbs.

I was so obsessed with these health bloggers I did exactly what they all said - and suddenly it was like a domino effect.

I stopped eating breakfast because fasting was good for the metabolism.

Then I stopped eating bread because gluten was the spawn of the devil.

A month later I decided to go vegan and gave up all dairy - milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

I was obsessed with talking about it, and I𠆝 preach to anyone who would listen about the amount of added sugar in bog-standard lunches.

To everyone else I could pretend my fad diets were for health reasons - which was true to begin with.

But it quickly became more important to me that I was eating as few calories as possible and losing weight - and these diets became a great cover up so people didn&apost see how little I was eating.

I&aposd find sweet potato brownie recipes on Madeline Shaw&aposs Instagram page and then make them for my friends to try and prove to them I was eating bad stuff like brownies - but really they had about three calories in them.

The perfect cover-up for anorexia

Being vegan made it easy to turn down cake at a family party or refuse to eat mum&aposs cheesy pasta bake, and pretending to be gluten intolerant to my friends meant I didn&apost have the pressure of eating pizza with them at social occasions.

I was surviving on a diet of kale and cauliflower rice, I was malnourished, and my weight began to plummet.

Within just six months, I&aposd gone from a healthy size 8-10 to a tiny size four - and I was the same weight as the average 11-year-old. I wasn&apost getting any of the vitamins or minerals that I needed.

My mum took me to the doctors and I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with anorexia.

I was treated by doctors who re-fuelled my body and I saw psychiatrists and nutritionist who helped me understand my eating disorder.

After six weeks I was discharged and headed home to try and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.

Eve now runs 'Not Plant Based' - a website devoted to changing perceptions of unhealthy and healthy foods. Image: the Sun. Source:Whimn

Clean-eating bloggers need to take responsibility

Now, two years on I am happy and healthy and eat what the hell I want - but I will be forever furious with the unqualified Instagram stars who told me what to eat - despite being unqualified.

The clean-eating accounts I followed had zero authority to be telling me and other young women what to eat - yet because they had loads of followers and posted pretty pictures of healthy-looking meals, I believed they were right.

I cannot stress enough how wrong this is.

Following a clean-eating diet doesn&apost mean you get all the nutrients you need.

We are literally going to end up with a generation of women with osteoporosis because they didn&apost get enough calcium to keep their bones strong while following a diet which deprives them of diary and essential amino acids by cutting out vital food groups.

It just makes me so livid.

I will say it until I&aposm blue in the face - I believe clean-eating bloggers like like Madeleine Shaw and Natasha Corrett, who both say they believe in moderation and balance - need to stand up and take responsibility before it&aposs too late.

They are ruining people&aposs lives - and these accounts need to be banned and we need to stop scaremongering people into being too scared to eat normal food.

People need to stop going to Instagram for advice and look to nutritionists instead.

But government campaigns telling us we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day are just as bad - we need more manageable goal.

There&aposs too much anxiety and worry around food - eating bread, meat and dairy never gave anyone cancer.

Eve Simmons runs Not Plant Based - a website helping troubled eaters.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.


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