TV presenter and former radio DJ Fearne Cotton has revealed that she suffered with disordered eating for “a big chunk” of her life.
Fearne, who said that she now feels “really good and recovered”, spoke about living with bulimia on Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail podcast, calling the illness a “weird, new release”.
Reflecting on her earlier career, Fearne said that she felt “very discombobulated and just not enough” while working for Radio 1, and saw bulimia as a kind of coping mechanism.
“The main problem I had, and the weird new release that I invented for myself, was to have bulimia. I had that for, on-off, a good decade of my life,” she explained.
“At the beginning of my 20s, it was quite intense and sort of ruled everything… In my later 20s, it was a bad habit I would kick into if something emotional was happening or if I felt out of control.”
The former Celebrity Juice star admitted that bulimia made her feel as though “every worry, every problem” had “gone”.
“It was like a little bit of euphoria afterwards,” she said. “Of course, it wasn’t, I want to be very clear about that.”
Fortunately, Fearne said that she now feels “really good and recovered” and has a positive relationship with her body, health, and with food, which she continues to be mindful of.
“[Food] has now become my everything,” she added. “It’s something I’ve become so passionate about…
“Now, it’s all about being gentle and being kind to myself.”
Beat promotes awareness and understanding of eating disorders, also challenging inaccurate stereotypes and stigma. Find out more at Beat’s website. Beat’s helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there’s also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.
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