Help­ing to beat body is­sues

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

KATHER­INE Is­coe’s body im­age is­sues were so bad that she once flew back to Toronto to see her par­ents, cry­ing for the whole flight.

The Cana­dian-born South Perth res­i­dent had started study­ing at the Univer­sity of WA when her body im­age is­sues re­turned.

Dr Is­coe has over­come sui­ci­dal thoughts and her body im­age is­sues, to help oth­ers.

“When I moved to Aus­tralia, I had just turned 30 and be­cause of my binge eating at home, I gained quite a bit of weight so I des­per­ately tried to lose it and I ran so much I had stress frac­tures in my pelvis, my spine was dis­lodged just from ex­er­cis­ing,” she said.

“I was sin­gle and ev­ery­one else was so com­fort­able and hav­ing kids so I was this odd one out so I just felt no one would ever love me un­less I had this per­fect body but I had a great body but I didn’t see that.

“I booked a ticket and lit­er­ally 24 hours later I was on the plane home and I was bawl­ing all the way home, I was in a bad place and I re­mem­ber look­ing on the in­ter­net at sui­cide meth­ods.”

Her is­sues about body con­fi­dence started when she was a teenager in high school in Canada.

“It re­ally hit me when I was 15, I started my eating dis­or­ders then, it was a dif­fi­cult time, anorexia was pop­u­lar at my school so it was ac­tu­ally cool to be anorexic.

“I was anorexic, to anorexia-bu­limia to binge eating, I tried them all. The goal in our school was to eat so lit­tle that you fainted in front of peo­ple and that made you pop­u­lar.”

Dr Is­coe said real­is­ing that she needed to change helped in her im­prove­ment.

“It was a harsh re­al­i­sa­tion when I fig­ured that I was the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor for all my problems so rather than point­ing my fin­ger out­ward… I re­alised that I needed to be the one who changed.

“I sought help and had ther­apy, I’m still in con­tact with my ther­a­pist, that ab­so­lutely changed my life in the sense that it gave me the tools to ac­tu­ally help my­self along and that catal­ysed what I do to­day.” d469244

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Dr Kather­ine Is­coe.

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