Daily Mail

Brave family gives us all hope


We heAR too little about the anguish of parents whose children have life-threatenin­g eating disorders, which is why the soul- baring revelation­s of ITV’s former newsreader Mark Austin have been so moving.

his daughter had anorexia and weighed 5½ st. he found it impossible to understand she was mentally ill, thought she was being ‘ crass, insensitiv­e, selfish and pathetic’ and told her: ‘ If you really want to starve yourself to death, just get on with it.’

he admits he’d present the News At Ten not knowing whether Maddy would survive the night.

What a tribute to him and his family and what hope it gives others that, five years later, she is 22, a healthy weight and at university.

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Hope: Mark and Maddy

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