Emma back to full fit­ness af­ter brave anorexia bat­tle

Eat­ing dis­or­der af­ter be­ing told she was fat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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