Two Excerpts from Joanne Jowell’s Finding Sarah
I’ve never ever been fat. I’ve always been quite a skinny girl. My bulimia never started with a physical need to lose weight.
All girls have an awareness of their bodies, especially when they’re teenagers. And most girls have some experience with diets or weight loss. Even me, who really didn’t need to lose weight.
I took two diet pills every morning when I was in standards 8 and 9. It just seemed like the thing to do. I even took them to school, sat down at the lunch table and took them there.
“There’s definitely a link between eating disorders and depression. Actually, there’s a link between eating disorders and so many other mental illnesses.
Is it a symptom of another illness or an illness in its own right? I don’t know; I jump around on that. There’s quite a big difference between someone who’s got anorexia as a disease or an addiction and someone who ends up becoming anorexic from depression or stress.
Maybe the seed is planted early on in life, the seed of the disease. But the way your life turns out, how you are treated, how you perceive people and experiences … that determines whether the seed will grow.
- Finding Sarah: A True Story of Living with Bulimia by Joanne Jowell
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