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Kate31

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Hi,
I am in recovery from anorexia and depression. My main coping strategy has been writing and i recently had my book 'Goodbye Ana' published by chipmunka publishing. They specialise in getting mental health survivors heard and work to reduce stigma/shame/taboo which often surrounds mental illness.

Am currently working hard at getting the truth about anorexia in the media -through press, interviews, articles as there's so many mths/misconceptions about ed's.

Keep fighting, a day at a time,

Kate x
 
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*Sapphire*

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Am currently working hard at getting the truth about anorexia in the media -through press, interviews, articles as there's so many mths/misconceptions about ed's.
Hi Kate and :welcome:

I'd be interested to hear about what you think is 'the truth about anorexia'?
 
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Kate31

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Truth

Hi,

I believe that the media often portrays eating disorders as either glamorous or something that you have for a month or so (eg on tv) and then suddenly magically recover without any treatment. Also when i had an intervew for my local paper i tried hard to get the message across that the rsults of anorexia -spending 2 decades in and out of eating disorder units and psych ward is not something that anyone should aspire to do as in pro-anorexia sites.
On tv programmes with all the makeup etc it doesn't show just how rough you really look when your immune system crashes and you stop sleeping and feel sick all the time...
On the other side of the coin i also have wanted to get the message out there that recovery is possible and although it is very very challenging you can still go on an achieve e.g. friends from edu are now lawyers/doctors, and through writing the book & getting a publishing contract i wanted to show first-hand that anorexia doesn't have to mean a wasted life.

Also the whole magazine / fashion industry size 0 thing being blamed for anorexia is something i wanted to challenge as back in 1992 (when my anorexia began) size 0 wasn't around nor the obsession with skeletal stars' airbrushed pictures. No-one in any of my hospitalisations excpet one acting student gave a monkeys about looking fashionable/like a model!

best wishes
Kate
 
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I agree with you Kate, when I went to ED units ten years ago most people there would not give a monkies about how they looked. However in the last three years I have noticed ED units becoming a bit of a fashion parade.

In fact anorexics are elated that now there are clothes that 'fit' them!
I remember I went shopping with a friend of mine who suffers with anorexia, to buy her a birthday present. She went to a well known high street strore and found for the first time a size zero pair of jeans which she wanted me to buy her.

She put them on and after she showed me, and went back into the changing room I cried my eyes out. I couldn't buy them for her. I felt betrayed by the shop for encouraging girls to aspire to that size. My friend was upset that I wouldn't buy them, and I told her that I felt I would be colluding with her and the fashion industry that it was acceptable, and I couldn't do that. I felt that if I bought them and she decided upon recovery that those jeans would really hold her back if she couldn't fit in them any more, because these shops are making an emaciated frame seem acceptable, when I feel it clearly is not.

I am not sure if I am making sense, but it was how I felt at the time. It broke my heart saying no, and I know she went home and bought them online anyway, but at least I was strong in the knowledge that I was not colluding with a sick person and a sick fashion industry.
 
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Gillian

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Hi Kate
I would love to have a chat with you in regards to helping you promote your new book. I have great media contacts and I'm looking for people who have been battling this disease.
Please can you get in touch.
 
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