Hull woman warns of the dangers of eating disorders after nearly losing her life to anorexia

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by KCFM

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She’s now completing a sponsored walk for eating disorder charity SEED to raise awareness.

A Hull woman, who nearly died after suffering with anorexia, is now raising awareness of the dangers of eating disorders.

Leigh’s condition began when she was just 13 and, during her worst times, lived off fruit, mints and skimmed milk, causing her health to deteriorate rapidly.

She explains just how ill she became:

“I was rushed into Hull Royal where I was given a transfusion of seven pints of blood, bags of vitamins and iron. My heart was just abnormal. I’d developed osteopenia, osteoperosis, I had kidney problems.The damage is unreal.”

Leigh explains how her eating disorder started:

“I couldn’t control what was going on in my life, what was going on at home, what was going on at school. The only thing I could control was food. Nobody could tell me what I could put in my body. Food was completely different. I could hide it. People didn’t know so that was part of my control.”

Though she’s been in recovery 9 months now, she suffers with long-term health implications caused by her eating disorder.

Looking back, Leigh says she can’t believe just how bad she was:

“My tolerance of over people was just next to none. I’ve got OCD as well, which is obsessive compulsive disorder, and I used to spend around eight hours a day cleaning. I had no energy to do anything. I couldn’t even walk down the street by the end of it. It went on for about 17, 18 years.”

But she says every day is still a constant battle:

“I’ve got to make sure I get my lunch in somewhere. I just think, ‘How am I going to do that?!’ You’re panicking because you’re thinking one missed meal is a crisis, and it’s true. I don’t want to eat in front of x, y and z. But then I’m thinking, ‘Well, I’m going to have to do it!’ Everyday is a different battle.”

Now, Leigh is completing a sponsored walk in a bid to raise awareness and funds for SEED, an eating disorder charity in Hull.

She believes without the support and guidance of those who’ve helped her during her recovery, she wouldn’t be here today.

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by KCFM

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