We are delighted to help people to engage with Dr Elizabeth McNaught’s book ‘Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia’ (look-inside and read Chapter One now).

Dr Elizabeth McNaught (known as Lizzie to her friends and family) is a medical doctor who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 14, leading to an admission to a general hospital, many months in an inpatient hospital and years in community care. She is now telling her story, and reflecting on it from her perspective as a doctor,  with a vision that this will inspire and encourage others to see that, although life hurts, there is hope for all of us.

‘Life Hurts’ is an apt title for her book which is honest and real, but ultimately positive and hopeful. When she was 16 years old, and seeking a way through her illness, Lizzie painted a picture of her own eye and added the words ‘Life Hurts’ to express her feelings. Little did she know that this would later become the title of her book. But that phrase continued to be very important to her as she fought through her illness and became a doctor. The fact is that everyone experiences hurts, and everyone hurts others; but we can find a hope and a future for our own lives, which we can share with others.

Resources for readers

letter-to-someone-in-drs-waiting-room-webLizzie’s book contains many helpful appendices. One of these is her ‘Letter to someone in a doctor’s waiting room.’ Every person’s story is unique and all will have different journeys. But what is consistent across everyone who develops anorexia is that all will have a first visit to the doctor. This can be a really positive experience or a negative one. It can be a crucial turning point, or just another staging post in the continual harm that anorexia does. This letter, republished here in a downloadable format, is designed to help any person at this crucial time.

Many more useful resources are available from Beat, the national Eating Disorder charity.

Resources for schools

DOWNLOAD View: a doctor’s struggle with anorexia

Key questions in this downloadable Teacher’s Guide:

What insights about Body Confidence have you gained that you wish you had known when you were 13 years old?

Do we struggle with Body Confidence partly because, in this world of social media, we compare our ‘behind-the-scenes’ with other’s ‘highlight reel’?

This free resource for schools, produced in association with the UK Eating Disorder charity Beat, the Be Real Body Confidence campaign, and the media company owlinspace, explores Body Confidence which can be a risk factor for eating disorders.

Help us create more resources for schools… The resource above was funded by supporters of EthosEducation. Please help us to create a second free resource for schools, highlighting the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, by supporting Beat’s ‘Spot the Signs’ appeal.


For Social Media

Please help us to tell people about this book by tweeting/posting the following message with one of the graphics below (right-click and select ‘save image as’ to download high-res graphics):

‘Life Hurts: A doctors personal journey through anorexia.’ Find out more about this inspirational book at

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Please help us to support Beat’s ‘Spot the Signs’ appeal by tweeting/posting these graphics and the link


For Press and Media.

Please note: We are sticking strictly to the Beat Media Guidelines regarding reporting on eating disorders.

Press Releases

13th Feb 2017

Book launch 13th Feb 2017


Houses of Parliament 28th Feb 2017

Houses of Parliament 28th Feb 2017

Images (download high-res versions from these thumbnails):

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