It’s my view that eating disorders are misunderstood. Many people don’t realise what they are or what can cause them.It’s wrong to think that the conditions are always linked to a person wanting to look a certain way. They’re complex illnesses that can be the result of a number of underlying issues.I developed anorexia in response to having OCD and depression. It was my way of coping with other mental health issues that became its own problem.After three or four years battling with an eating disorder, I relapsed. I tried to get help but was dismissed by medical professionals because I wasn’t considered ill enough.Now in recovery, I want to ensure that others like me get better support.With Fixers, I’ll be raising awareness of eating disorders and tackling the misconceptions often attached to them.I hope that if people learn how to recognise the conditions and how serious they are, that others will get the help they need.
Lorna Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Beat
Lorna Garner from Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, is backing my Fix. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.
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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.