Kim Marshall, founded Kiss Goodbye To Ana, following her own recovery from anorexia and bulimia and now helps women with eating disorders and particularly anorexia, to feel relaxed about themselves and their bodies, and to feel free without anxiety.
Kim’s first book, “How To Kiss Goodbye To Ana”, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, is available worldwide.
She speaks about her personal and professional experience of eating disorders.
For more information see www.kissgoodbyetoana.com
I just googled "How To Measure Yourself" and immediately lots of methods were offered around measuring your chest, bust, waist, hips, etc. But is that the only measurement that counts? Surely that's only one aspect of one's self?
Healthy is defined as being "In a good physical or mental condition; in good health". But when I Google imaged 'healthy man' it showed men with six packs holding up dumbbells. Searching 'healthy woman' showed images of toned, slim women eating fruit. 'Healthy food' shows images of fruit and vegetables.
The recent Netflix film <em>To The Bone</em> required Lily Collins to lose weight for the lead role to show a skeletal figure. This is often how we envisage people struggling with anorexia but this is not always the case.
Eating disorders aren't about food, eating or weight but this becomes the focus. I'm not saying that everyone who ever loses or puts on weight has an eating disorder, but it can often be as a response to unhappiness. So why not give that person the opportunity to talk, to open up about their feelings. That's more helpful than a compliment.
I was determined to focus on my girls. I didn't want them to feel the pain I was feeling. But this meant I was neglecting my own grief. Who am I kidding? I didn't want to face it. I didn't choose to have an eating disorder but it became my way of coping, of controlling my life at a time when I felt I had no control.
14/06/2017 12:37 BST
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