“I was sick. Everyone was scared. And I was scared too. I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take care of yourself.'”
The February issue of Vanity Fair is quoting actress Lindsay Lohan. She’s talking about the confrontation and exposure of her eating disorder – bulimia.
Mia the Thief
Bulimia (or “mia” as some refer to it) is a deceptive beast. All the denial, all the secrets, all the shame, all the blame. “I’ve been exercising too hard”, “…just losing puppy fat”, “I just haven’t been eating properly”. The sad truth is – many young women who become so desperately thin – have become entangled with an eating disorder.
Bulimia is like a private ‘survival kit’. All the angst, all the stress, – it all gets poured into the next binge-and-purge.
The only trouble is….
- the fainting spells (electrolyte imbalance)
- cramping joints and muscles (very low potassium)
- irregular heartbeat (very low potassium)
- the tormenting mood swings and bouts of depression…
It all starts one day – with one episode. That first time in a fit of rage – the food is vomited out – with all the pain and the shame. From then on, Bulimia will want to get its claws in – and never let go – until it has stolen some of your life away. It may destroy your relationships too, or even put you in a hospital bed… or a coffin.
Don’t Copy Them
Don’t try to emulate the Hollywood divas. Since when does money and fame buy you health and peace of mind and peace of spirit?
Lindsay Lohan – I wish you well in your journey to evict bulimia from your body and from your life.
NOTE: For eating disorder support – see Something Fishy.
UPDATE Ms Lohan claims the Vanity Fair article was untrue, and that her words were misused and misconstrued (via TeenPeople). Who knows what the truth is? Does it matter? What matters is that the advice regarding bulimia remains the same. Eating disorders are thieves – don’t give them a chance to get started.