June 17, 2011

Eating disorders

I have just finished reading 'Unbearable lightness' by Portia deRossi. It is an incredible tale of her life, beginning at a young age with her obsession of her body image and the need to look a certain way and then leading onto her struggle with bulimia and anorexia. For those of us that have no experience or association with these diseases it is easy to say that these people are crazy - which is exactly what Ellen Degeneres said to her now wife after reading her book.
And crazy they seem, their view becomes distorted and they become obsessed with the outcome that they are trying to achieve loosing sight of what is 'normal'.
For anyone that has had an eating disorder or acquired one of these diseases life can be tuff. Once the body has been slowly starved our natural systems and normal functions start to break down and we can acquire other insufficiencies.
If you know of anyone with an eating disorder seek help, even if they are determined to loose more weight or refuse food try to get them to take a vitamin B complex which may help them 'see' clearly and aid with the beginnings of normal brain function.
Very interestingly I just tried to google an anorexia help page - and it isn't easy. I came up with the Wesley Hospital, located in Sydney and the Anorexia & Bulimia Nervosa Foundation of Victoria in Glen Iris however it doesn't have a website. The butterfly foundation didn't come up which does provide support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues.  They also provide support for their carers.

The butterfly foundation
Eating disorder help

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