'Don't put too much pressure on anorexics' former sufferer urges

eating disorder helpadvice about seeking treatment from an anorexic.Anorexia and bulimia sufferers often feel like they are in a trap they cannot get out of as they are trying to take control of their lives through food.

It is often associated with low self-esteem, anxiety and depression as sufferers try to overcome these feelings by looking perfect, which they believe is as thin as possible.

For one former eating disorder sufferer, it started when she took a work placement in London as part of her business degree.

Katie Sillars, now 27, told the Daily Record that when she went on her placement she felt isolated from her family and friends leading to low self-esteem.

In order to take control over the new situation, she focused on what she ate and started to cut out certain food groups.



She told the news provider: "My hair was very thin and started falling out. My gums were bleeding and my teeth were yellow. My skin was very dry and I had scabs from everything rubbing.

"My ankles and lower legs were swollen through lack of protein. When I was 23, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis."

Her anorexia was so bad that when she flew home to Glasgow, her mother noticed and took her to the local doctor.

After this, Katie was sent to a centre for counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy, which helped her overcome her eating disorder.

Speaking about the best way that parents can behave around their child with an eating disorder, Ms Sillars suggests not putting too much pressure on them.

She added: "It's just about getting that person's life back together and finding who they are. There's ¬something much deeper inside of them. There's a problem there and it's finding out what that is."

Now, Katie is a healthy weight and has a successful career as a nutritionist.

Without getting help, Katie may have died as anorexia can put added strain onto the heart leading to attacks.

It also causes muscle wasting, bone thinning (known as osteoporosis), anemia, tooth loss and bowel problems if it goes unnoticed and untreated.

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