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Vanessa Feltz and her Gastric Band on Loose Women

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 penny@pennysnowball.com and I will help in any way I can.

Thanks again Vanessa and I wish you well with your treatment.


Loose Women Monday’s Show

As always the Loose Women are a source of information and great discussion and have become part of my day when I am home.  I am particularly interested in what Carol McGiffin and Lynda Bellingham have to say and fortunately they were both on today.

The Loose Women were discussing Sarah’s Law which raised some interesting questions and the panel was split.  I personally think that it is a good thing and as it has already saved 60 children it can only be good.  However, there is the case of people being talked about and the public turning on them once they are found out.  It is a fragile debate, but I know that if there was someone in my street, with my son when he was young, I would want to know about it.  The thing that worries me is the ones that are not yet caught and I hope this will have another purpose, to give people who are being abused somewhere to go, to report it, get support and for that also I think this is a brilliant campaign

The other subject that struck with me was memories.  Carol was talking about how when she was writing her Autobiography  the memories were so different from that of her sibling and how they were clashing over it.  I know this one only too well.  I am really grateful to hear what she had to say, it helped me.  Nobody is right or wrong and they are your memories and that is that.  Each person has a right to their own experience of the situation and that is ok.  Lynda was also really helpful  because she was talking about how her and her sister remembered things so differently.  This is really relavant to me right now as I write my book at www.ifsbutsandmaybes.com I have been spending some time with one of my brothers and we clash like hell the moment we get onto our childhood and there is the ‘no Penny it was not like that’ and I then become defensive or so does he and the memories are so different.  I am really glad I listened to the girls today and got a clear perspective of it and was reminded I have the right to  my memories, they are mine, real or imagined.  Thanks girls.