Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

UN­TIL RE­CENTLY, A QUES­TION ROU­TINELY ASKED OF FE­MALE CELEBRI­TIES in in­ter­views would be, ‘What part of your body do you most dis­like?’ I have never heard any­one flinch at this; in­deed, replies would fly back rapid-fire, and often quite de­tailed. Or­di­nary mor­tals like me would won­der at how the par­tic­u­lar A-lis­ter un­der scru­tiny – the very im­age of per­fec­tion – still man­aged to find time to fret about her fat an­kles or long nose. I mean, if such oth­er­worldly crea­tures could ob­sess over imag­ined short­com­ings, what hope for the rest of us? To the naked eye, TV pre­sen­ter and model Amanda Byram, nat­u­rally slim and beau­ti­ful, doesn’t have much to worry about – most of us would love to look like her. Yet for 25 years, Amanda pun­ished her body through dis­or­dered eat­ing and a com­pul­sive at­ti­tude to ex­er­cise, which even­tu­ally threat­ened her men­tal health and re­la­tion­ships. Fi­nally, at 40, she faced her is­sues head on, train­ing as a nu­tri­tion­ist and per­sonal trainer and de­vel­op­ing a re­laxed and healthy at­ti­tude to food and ex­er­cise. On page 20 she talks about the bat­tle she waged – fa­mil­iar to so many of us – and tells us how to si­lence that nig­gling voice in our head telling us that no mat­ter how good we look, we could al­ways look bet­ter. MAUDE JULIEN HAD BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH be­fore she even reached the age of five. On page 26 we have an ex­tract from her book about her life, which makes for harrowing but in­spir­ing read­ing. Her fa­ther de­lib­er­ately con­ceived her with the ex­press de­sire of turn­ing her into a su­per­hu­man, but ul­ti­mately she broke free of him – and his sin­is­ter in­ten­tions.

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