Amberleigh Jack for The Spinoff Warning: This article discusses suicide and mental illness. Amberleigh Jack is in recovery from a youth spent in the grips of an eating disorder. Here she talks about signs parents can look out for to protect and support their children. I was about nine when I learned if I put my fingers down my throat I could make myself vomit. At 14, I did it to get rid of food I regretted eating. I felt almost a high at having “purified” myself. But I hated myself for overeating in the first place. I told myself I never would again. Diabulimia: The under-diagnosed and misunderstood eating disorder NZ eating disorder experts worried about Netflix movie To The Bone Nigel Owens opens up about his eating disorder Time went by. I sank deeper. By 16, I’d avoid food until I couldn’t control my hunger. Then I’d lose control and binge. I’d feel an indescribable panic so I’d retreat and purge. I’d go to bed dehydrated, burst blood vessels in my eyes, my throat raw and swollen – often bleeding – tingling teeth and a terrible headache. But my stomach was empty, so none of that mattered. Bulimia… Read full this story
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