The Sunday Times - - NEWS - Regina Titelius

KATHY Lo­gie de­vel­oped an eat­ing dis­or­der when she was aged just 12.

She en­tered hos­pi­tal when she was 13 and con­tin­ued to strug­gle with psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues re­lat­ing to anorexia through­out her teen years.

“I was go­ing through pu­berty and my par­ents were go­ing through di­vorce — it was the per­fect storm,” Ms Lo­gie, now aged 46 and mother of four kids, said.

“The health in­dus­try didn’t re­ally know much about eat­ing dis­or­ders in the ’80s so my treat­ment was quite tor­tur­ous.

“It helped with the phys­i­cal as­pects of anorexia but it didn’t deal with the un­der­ly­ing is­sues.”

Ms Lo­gie re­lo­cated from Syd­ney to WA in her early 20s for a “fresh start” and af­ter find­ing so­lace through yoga — a “turn­ing point” for her — she even­tu­ally sought pri­vate psy­chother­apy, which she self-funded for 10 years at a huge cost.

The White Gum Val­ley mum has now ap­plied her “lived ex­pe­ri­ence” by work­ing in the eat­ing dis­or­der space for the past 13 years.

“While I had a long drawn-out treat­ment, we now know so much more about how to treat eat­ing dis­or­ders and I just want peo­ple to know that with ef­fec­tive treat­ment plans, you can fully re­cover form eat­ing dis­or­ders. There is hope of hav­ing a happy, ful­fill­ing life,” she said.

Changes to Medi­care would pro­vide vi­tal fi­nan­cial help for many peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders who strug­gled with fi­nan­cial hard­ship in try­ing to meet treat­ment costs, she said.

But Ms Lo­gie said WA des­per­ately needed a pur­pose-built eat­ing dis­or­der clinic in the pub­lic health sec­tor.

She said while Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal pro­vided a great ser­vice for chil­dren up to 16 years, there was a “void” for older chil­dren and young adults.

Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

Re­cov­ered: Kathy Lo­gie.

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