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Former Newbattle High School pupil gives a voice to men with an eating disorder

Former Newbattle High Pupil Paul Donald, who started the charity Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service (Scotland)�  MBEEDS last year.

Former Newbattle High Pupil Paul Donald, who started the charity Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service (Scotland)� MBEEDS last year.

Former Newbattle High School pupil Paul Donald (23) released a charity single last month to raise awareness of eating disorders and to give male sufferers a voice.

Through his charity Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service (MBEEDS) Paul released “This is Me”, which had 34 people who have been affected by an eating disorder involved in the singing and writing of the song.

Paul revealed why he came up with the idea of releasing ‘This is Me’: “We are all proud of this single,” he said.

“We never expected it to get in the charts or anything but that is not what it is about.

“It’s giving people a voice, that is what is important.”

Paul, who lived at Newbyres Crescent in Gorebridge until five years ago, was astonished when he was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa a year later in 2010, and then surprised to find out that there was no organisation in Scotland he could speak to.

He said: “You don’t hear much about eating disorders among males, especially in Scotland.

“When I was diagnosed with it I was astonished. I didn’t know I could get it being a man.

“And then I couldn’t find anything on the internet that offered support for men in Scotland.

“Since we started last year 324 people have engaged with us.”

‘This is Me’ can be downloaded on digital download stores including iTunes and Spotify, or via the MBEEDS website, where you can also see the accompanying music video and read more about Paul’s story, www.mbeeds.org.

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