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30/07/2012 08:06 BST | Updated 30/07/2012 08:53 BST

Professor Green Slammed Over ‘Bulimia Is An Intelligent Disorder' Tweet

Professor Green's latest musings on Twitter has provoked an angry backlash from his fans, after he claimed that 'bulimia is an intelligent eating disorder'.

The 28-year-old’s tweets started off seemingly innocent after he posted a cryptic rhyme, ‘I'm over they heads like a bulimic on a sea-saw’.

However, it soon took a turn for the worst after he followed it up with a string of insensitive pro-bulimia tweets.

Adding insult to injury, he added the hash tag ‘#winning’, provoking further fury from his fans.

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Undeterred by the backlash, he responded saying, 'Queue (sic) all the people who start telling me how insensitive I am and how bulimia jokes aren't funny yadda yadda yadda.

'How can you be a fan of my music and get all pissy over a tweet? Haven't you heard my punch lines?'

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Green, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, later (perhaps in a bid to diffuse the situation) added that he didn’t mind people mocking his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

'I have OCD, I find OCD jokes funny, even though I can hardly drink from a cup if someone else even looks at it.'

Although, bulimia isn't a laughing matter, warns eating disorder charity, Beat.

"Eating disorders are not a light hearted matter but a serious mental health illness which affect over 1.6m men and women in the UK," Leanne Thorndyke from Beat, told HuffPost Lifestyle.

"They have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and one in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely.

"What Professor Green’s comments illustrate to us is that there is still a great amount of misunderstanding surrounding eating disorders.

"People who do understand have found these tweets hurtful and understandably been upset by these comments. Beat aims to change the way people think about eating disorders and challenge the stigma and misunderstanding that people with eating disorders face."

According to statistics from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 1.6m people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder at some point in their life. Nearly half of those with eating disorders (40%) suffer from bulimia. Bulimia is around five times more common than anorexia nervosa and 90% of people with bulimia are female.

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