Michelle Collins 'shocked and disturbed' by eating disorder cases
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 January 2021
Former 'EastEnders' actress Michelle Collins is "shocked and disturbed" about how many people are suffering from an eating disorder, and she warned people they "don't discriminate" after previously suffering from anorexia and bulimia
Michelle Collins has been left "shocked" and "disturbed" by how many people are suffering from an eating disorder.
The former 'EastEnders' actress has previously struggled with both anorexia and bulimia, and she has warned her fans that eating disorders "don't discriminate".
She wrote on Instagram: "I have been really #shocked and #disturbed about how many people , #young #older #male #female #mothers #fathers #brothers #daughters #bame #blacklivesmatter #transgender #lgbtq are suffering from #eatingdisorder . It doesn’t #discriminate believe me . I have been there . (sic)"
Michelle also shared an extract from her autobiography 'This Is Me', in which she penned a chapter about suffering from eating disorders, and she has called for people to "look out for the signs".
She added: "I was going through my #bookshelf and found my #autobiography I wrote a whole Chapter about it called #TheSecret . #lockdown can be cruel . Please look out for the signs and #becareful its becoming a big problem . It is not a #deathsentence and can be #cured #managed believe me I got through it to tell the story .#staysafe #bekind #mental health awareness (sic)"
In the extract, the 59-year-old star – who played Cindy Beale on 'EastEnders', and Stella Price on 'Coronation Street' – wrote about how she used to take laxatives to rid her body of "anything I did eat", and admitted she would wake up in the middle of the night and "go through the cupboards like a locust" before making herself sick and going back to bed.
She wrote: "It turned into what seemed like a never-ending cycle. I'd virtually starve myself for days on end, then I'd binge eat before either vomiting or purging with laxatives.
"Soon I was doing it after every meal, it was so addictive."