I lived with an eating disorder. TV almost never got it right – until Heartstopper

This article is a powerful reminder of how eating disorders are often misrepresented in the media. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have life-threatening consequences, and yet they are often portrayed as a teenage girl issue or a passing phase. This can be extremely damaging for people struggling with an eating disorder, as it reinforces the stigma and minimizes the severity of the illness.

I’m glad that more shows are starting to accurately portray eating disorders, like Heartstopper which has been praised for its honest and realistic portrayal. It’s important that these stories are told in a way that is respectful and informative, so that people can gain a better understanding of the complexities of eating disorders and the challenges faced by those who suffer from them. I hope that more shows will follow suit and continue to depict eating disorders in a responsible and accurate manner.


Having dealt with an eating disorder myself for many years, I can attest to the importance of accurate portrayals of mental health in the media. It’s so rare to find a show that is both honest and respectful when talking about eating disorders. Heartstopper is a great example of how media can help broaden our understanding of mental health - which unfortunately is often overlooked or minimized.

Eating disorders should not be taken lightly or seen as a phase; they are serious and complex illnesses that require professional help to manage effectively. There is nothing wrong with seeking help and it’s important that people struggling are aware that there are resources available to them if needed.

It’s so frustrating how eating disorders are portrayed in the media, right? It’s like they completely overlook the seriousness of it and just stick to the teenage girl stereotype. It’s really damaging for those of us who are actually struggling with it. I’m really glad that shows like Heartstopper are starting to change the narrative and show a more accurate representation. It’s so important for people to understand the complexity and severity of eating disorders. Hopefully, more shows will follow suit and help break down the stigma. Thanks for sharing this article, it’s always good to see progress in the media’s portrayal of mental health issues.