Emma back to full fitness after brave anorexia battle
Eating disorder after being told she was fat
A Rutherglen woman who has battled anorexia has spoken of her delight and finally reaching a healthy weight.
Emma McDougall, 25, developed the condition while still a student at Stonelaw High. She shared her remarkable story with the Reformer last year in a bid to highlight the issue of people being unhealthily underweight. Last week, the professional actress received the news she had been waiting on for five years that her BMI was in the healthy weight class. And she used the news to once again call for more support for people suffering from eating disorders. “It was just really nice to hear the doctor say my BMI was spot on and I was at a perfectly healthy weight. “I think it’s important to highlight all body weight issues,” she says. “It can be really difficult for someone to lose a lot of weight but it’s also equally as difficult to put weight on and I don’t think people are made as aware to how difficult it can be to put on weight. “I think everyone deserves to have the love and support they need to get themselves to a weight that makes them happy and confident.”
Emma admitted she still suffers from body confidence issues but is taking steps to work on that.
“There are times I look at myself and worry I’ve gotten fat or overweight but it is a massive confidence boost to know that I’m actually at a weight that is medically considered very healthy.
“I guess when you’re used to looking so thin, it takes a while to get used to a new shape.
“I also recently joined a trampoline fitness class in Rutherglen which is building my confidence on how I feel about my body. It’s a really fun way to keep myself feeling fit.”
It took Emma five years to gain the one and half stone she needed to reach her new weight category.
Last year, brave Emma told the Reformer she developed an eating disorder when a school boyfriend told her she was fat. Despite battling back from that, it reappeared in her early 20s. The condition often left her sick for days.
Speaking about the strain it put on her and her family, she said: “There’d be times I would think they were against me when in reality they were only doing their umost to help me.
“There were also times I thought I was a burden on them and at the darkest point I thought it would be better for everyone if I wasn’t around anymore and I think that was probably the scariest for them.”
I think it’s important to highlight all body weight issues . . . Emma McDougall
Underweight Emma developed her eating disorder when still at school
Healthy Emma McDougall hopes her story acts as an inspiration for others going through the same thing