‘I went vegan to hide my eating disorder’ – BBC Stories
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‘I went vegan to hide my eating disorder’ – BBC Stories

August 22, 2019


I became a vegan back in September 2017
although I told everyone that it was this ethical argument and I really
wanted to save the planet and the animals it was I’d say at least
subconsciously part of my eating disorder weight-loss
yeah favorite food naturally lentil Bolognese which is like really healthy
and boring but it’s okay before I became ill I used to love cooking I did it as a
GCSE actually when I was at the worst of my eating I definitely didn’t eat this
sort of thing I was scared of lots of different
ingredients kind of see it’s almost like self-care now because I never used to do
it and now I’m like no you need to actually like cook yourself a meal
because otherwise you’ll feel rubbish and it will just set you back I was
diagnosed with anorexia in June 2016 but I’ve always had kind of food issues I
can go one on my first diet when I was 11 I’d watched loads of documentaries
and vloggers and stuff like going vegan I think with every dietary decision I
made up until recently it was all about weight loss it was all about trying to
be the smallest version of myself vegan fits very vegan inspo i already
followed a load of fitness wellness bloggers slowly a lot of them went vegan
and so I found myself consumed by this constant vegan messaging on Instagram in
began Yuri were not super going vegan there’s people out there who are doing
it completely for the right reasons veganism is a lifestyle it’s not a
fickle lifestyle it didn’t even cross my mind that it could be a problem I think I don’t I think I’m not being
I’m just like my mental state while I was vegan was pretty horrendous I think
the problem with anorexia is that it kind of shuts off the nut rational side
of your brain the vegan lifestyle that I’d adopted wasn’t right for me in it
and I was in denial about it for a long time I think and it wasn’t until my
parents kind of sat me down and they’re like look you’ve lost all this way and
we’re worried about you and that was what kind of made me think
and perhaps this isn’t the right diet for me I look back at that former
version of myself and I just feel sorry for her I think you’re supposed to enjoy
food and it’s such a miserable existence and it’s really sad my relationship with
food is the best it’s been in about three years I kind of coins the 10th
league and I was like it’s kind of like flexitarian flexible vegan I’m seeing an
eating disorder therapist at the University at the moment but I’m a lot
better than he used to be but the rules are definitely still there I’d say if
you’ve had an eating disorder especially a restrictive one fair enough comes to
veganism when you’re recovered and you’re in a good place with food I’m not
saying that veganism is a negative way to eat it’s a sustainable lifestyle but
that’s not necessarily one that people with eating disorders should adopt

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  1. I'm vegan for the animals and the planet, have become a regular vegan activist. Veganism has actually helped a lot to pull me out of my eating disorder and has broadened my horizons.

  2. So did freelee. It's one of the most common "recovery" methods out there. If you're only vegan because you worry less about weight gain and feel comfortable with all the excuses to restrict outside the home, you're not recovered. You're still finding comfort in making sure you provide your body with Less.

  3. I understand this and I think you should do it for the right reasons, but in my case veganism actually helped me and now I can eat so much and it actually makes me feel good!

  4. Getting pretty sick of the media constantly linking veganism to eating disorders like anorexia and orthorexia. Most people who go vegan live really healthy lives and don’t want to contribute to animal exploitation!

  5. Vegan is itself an illness … who wants to spend his/her life eating veggies… I love fresh fruits and vegetables… but meat is great! A big thick piece of any kind 😍😍 it's just 😙😙😙😙
    Vegamism is not ethical it's slow motion suicide 😝😝😝😝

  6. Please don’t apply this to vegans as a whole: the vegans I know have a very healthy relationship with food and the great thing about it becoming more mainstream is you can find a vegan version of most junk foods now, and most restaurants (chain and independent) offer vegan options that aren’t just a salad (burgers, pasta, desserts). So it isn’t such a good excuse to a disordered mind anymore.
    Ultimately, it’s one of the most proactive things you can do for the environment, and the best thing you can do to reduce the suffering of animals. To most, it’s the most positive food-related decision you can make.

  7. Where do people get the idea that veganism means weight loss and weight control? As far as those things are concerned, a vegan diet has nothing to do with it. It's all about what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat it, and how it all affects your body. I've known more than a few long-time, dedicated vegans who were fat. They were vegan, but they ate things that triggered their bodies to make and retain fat, they ate in excess, whenever they wanted, several times a day, and it all had a negative effect on their bodies and their health.

  8. Divide your stomach into 3 parts
    Food
    Air
    Water
    Overeating is no good
    No alcohol
    No smoking
    Walk
    Less stress
    Less pressure
    Take constant breaks at work

    Drink water before eating or at least 1 hour after food

    Don’t eat late

  9. I feel like this is bad for the vegan community. Vegan doesn't mean weight loss, or even healthy for that matter. You can eat vegans cookies, cakes and pizza all day. I don't get the connection to an eating disorder.

  10. being vegan has nothing to do with eating disorders! Going vegan helped me with my eating disorder and theres so much junk vegan food! ORTHOREXIA is what a eating disorder is you can still eat meat and diary and be orthorexia!

  11. Pathetic. Veganism is the natural human herbivore diet. It is NOT an eating disorder. She needs a shrink – neurosis has NOTHING – NOTHING – to do with being a vegan. If u told her dirt or raw tadpoles had no calories – this twit would have eaten that instead.

  12. Wait… what does this have to do with veganism? 😅 This poor woman had an eating disorder completely irrelevant to what lifestyles she used to hide it.

  13. We all know the BBC's agenda, who watches this out of date channel anymore. Very poor journalism as ever with this poor fake news channel. Up there with CNN.

  14. I've no doubt it's better for both a persons health & obviously better for the animal. I personally could never go vegan, it's totally extreme & i know id be constantly hungry! I could not exist without a bacon sandwich or a chicken madras! Good luck to any vegan, cause your all a hardcore bunch!

  15. This is pretty bad journalism. Trying to associate veganism with eating disorders is ridiculous..

    Lets not make veganism look bad just for some click bait.

  16. This lady seems to have much,more dipper issues than Veganism. She just wants attention and it’s trying to blame her issues on Veganism. BBC, shame on you. My children, my wife and me are vegans and we have been for almost 2 years. We are healthier that we ever were, when we consumed animals. I’ve you want to know if we’re supposed to eat animals. Go get one without using any tools, but your hands and feet. I bet you won’t catch a single one. The last time I checked we were not born with tools next to us.

  17. SPECIFIC DIETS DO NOT FIX UNDERLYING MENTAL ILLNESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAY TO BE THE VICTIM. THESE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SICK UNTIL THEY TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS…. CUE THE "ANGRY VEGAN" COMMENTS NOW…..

  18. You do find that a lot of people with eating disorders will go vegan. It obviously has something to do with it being another form of control.

  19. Veganism is not a diet, it's an ethical choice, a belief that all animals have the same right of life or as equal to the animals we consider pets.

    The problem here is the psychological and emotional issue around food.

  20. At first I went vegan to lose weight, and to cure my acne. Because it was bad. But now 3 years later I am still vegan but I still am mindful of what I eat but I have had issues for awhile. I also looked for recipes and dropped from a size 10 to a 6. Now I go up and down in weight it's annoying.

  21. I went vegan 24 days ago. I weigh exactly the same jsut saying. I look way better and feel good too though. My.face broke out and I hope that doesn't happen again. This video was confusing

  22. This is just the BBC taking another step to bully vegans. They've realised how fast no one believed their poorly-researched arguments, so now they're pathetically flailing at another tactic, but this time, an extremely vulnerable one: The mentally unwell. How noble!! Who's going to be your next target BBC? PLEASE make it someone who actually deserves it this time, like Boris Wanker Hypocrite Johnson!!!

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