Helping to beat body issues
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
Dr Katherine Iscoe.