Ilona Burton

Ilona Burton is a researcher and journalist writing on eating disorders and other mental health issues.

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Digital slimming in graduation photos? The long road to perfection keeps getting longer

We are already cloaked in insecurities, and this kind of thinking can only encourage appearance to take yet another step ahead of achievement in a battle that shouldn't exist

Beckham's got balls

Victoria Beckham, that is. It takes confidence to keep quiet about a boob job when that's all the media wants to know about you

Jonny Benjamin (left) and Neil Laybourn meet after Mr Benjamin launched a campaign to find the stranger who saved him from taking his life in 2008.

How #FindMike helps to break suicide stigma

Any one of us could be a Jonny and any one of us could be a Neil

Social media sites need to do more to eliminate pro-anorexia messages, but they aren't behind the rise in eating disorders

The number of children and teenagers seeking help for eating disorders has risen by 110 per cent in the past three years. How much does social media play a part?

If they really want to help young people with mental health problems, Government must put their money where their mouth is

Spending on early intervention, preventative measures and a joined-up approach to treatment is the only option if we want to see a real improvement

Don't blame celebrities or pro-ana websites for the rise in eating disorders

More has to be done to work on prevention and early intervention of eating disorders – and that isn’t simply about banning websites

Weighty issue: Pictures of people from the neck down are often used for stories about obesity

How to tackle obesity: Treat patients as individuals, regardless of their weight

Treating patients with respect should go without saying and not need to be pointed out in guidelines, whether specifically geared towards obese people or not

World Mental Health Day: Nobody should ever be alone with a mental health problem

Mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses, so there is absolutely no reason not to talk about it

The Psycho Ward costume that Tesco has removed from its website

If it’s not okay to dress as a cancer patient for Halloween, it’s not okay to dress as a mental patient

We all have physical health and we all have mental health. The two are equal and should be treated that way.

Laxative abuse may be difficult to police, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try...

Georgia Willson-Pemberton's tragic death should allow us to talk more openly about laxative abuse. I know from experience how difficult it can be

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