To coincide with Eating Disorders Week, Fenella Lemonsky offers readers advice on dealing with eating disorders.
The patient will blame his/herself. The parents will blame themselves. The tabloids blame the fashion industry. The fashion industry blames nobody (ignorance is bliss). The partners (those that last) don’t know who to blame. The public blame modern culture, celebrities; whatever or whoever they’re told to blame by the media. The media, strangely, tends to blame the media.
Nobody should have to fight or get down on their knees and beg for help. Nobody should be told that they have to get worse before they can get better. Nobody should ever feel belittled, ashamed and humiliated as a result of having the courage to speak out.
You don’t have to weigh five stone, have bones protruding like angry Himalayas or have lived by water and green tea alone for weeks on end to have an eating disorder.
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