MUM STRUGGLED AS TEEN WITH ANOREXIA
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.
Recovered: Kathy Logie.