Thank you Vanessa for your honesty about how you feel about being over-weight, you have helped hundreds of women by being you. On Loose Women today Vanessa Feltz openly admitted she had to resort to having a gastric band fitted because she just could not loose the weight. That awful feeling of feeling so unattractive she described beautifully and the feeling of not being able to wear what you liked to wear because your choices were now limited, all the above I understand, I have been there, I blew up from a size 10 to a size 20 in a matter of a year, I felt like someone else. I was under so much stress and I ate to give me energy and I became so obese some of my friends did not recognise me, it was one of the loneliest times in my life.
I have battled with my weight all my life and was diagnosed with an eating disorder in 2008 officially. I had tried everything and for me it has come down to no sugar, no white flour, no caffeine, and an eating plan which consists of 3 meals a day and ensure that I have equal portions of protein, carb and veg and fruit with every meal, plus exercise 3 times a week. I found it excruciating at first and could not do it without support because I ate on my feelings. So what happens when the eating stops, the feelings come up, and they have to be dealt with.
There are places to get help for people with eating disorders and fellowships that don’t cost money, but like everything there are waiting lists, therapists cost approx £50.00 and hour which is out of a lot of peoples price ranges. Vanessa did touch on the fact that she could afford this when asked by Sherrie what about others who don’t have the funds for a gastric band. This is becoming more and more of a problem, most things cost and not everyone has it. I guess there is also a priority for those who do have money, how much do you spend on food and how much will you give up to get well.
Compulsive overeating is a disease, one that is not discussed enough and can even be described as an addiction, if you suffer from this problem and would like to discuss it further please do get in touch, send me a comment or a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help in any way I can.
Thanks again Vanessa and I wish you well with your treatment.