1m people have an eating disorder in the UK

28th March 2011

One million Britons apparently have an eating disorder according to an article I read in the Mail On Sunday and my question is: how are people being treated? I think it very brave of any one in the public eye to come forward and admit they have an eating disorder. We are putting ourselves potentially in the courtroom of condemnation. But Bulimia-anorexia knows no colour nor creed and certainly no sexual preference or social standing.

I have suffered with bulimia and anorexia and although it is now very spasmodic I still feel the urge to dispel food.

I have lost count of the times people have commented how well I was looking and how losing a few pounds had ‘done wonders for me’. You smile and agree but inside you are broken and lost. You know its wrong and you know the damage you are doing to yourself, but the urge to dispel the food is far greater than the trauma and harsh reality of ill health.

I can remember getting a buzz out of accomplishing the task of making myself sick and looking in the mirror at times and hating what stared back.

With anorexia I got the same euphoria if I managed to go without food for a few days. I never thought I was too thin and even when I tipped the scales at 6 stone I still believed I was fat. It’s a vicious circle because you don’t know what to do to help and the secrecy comes from shame more than deviousness.

Like other suffers, my bulimia was born out of unhappiness and feelings of lost control, bulimia and anorexia is a cover the real reasons are buried much deeper inside of us.

I don’t think I will ever be completely free from my bulimia as I find stress and depression leads me to unhealthy eating, food my comfort. I am glad the Mail on Sunday has put this piece in the paper and hope it makes others understand that we are not just a size- but a human being with feelings.

As I said, I read an interesting article about this and a high profile young woman in the Mail on Sunday in March 2011.

Image Source: Christie Yunhwa

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