01 December 2016

Moving on after an Eating Disorder

Many people around the world will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life; sadly, a lot of them will struggle to overcome this devastating addiction. Eating disorders can have an enormous impact on the life of the individual as well as their friends and family, who can do nothing but watch their loved one suffer.

An eating disorder can have a detrimental impact on the overall health of the individual and can leave this person feeling worse than they felt before they developed the disorder. Charlotte Singer is a prime example of someone who suffered from an eating disorder, but as she tried to deal with the physical effects of her illness, she was left feeling worse than before. The piles of excess skin she was left with after gastric bypass surgery made her depressed and embarrassed.

Excess Skin

Twenty-eight-year-old Charlotte suffered from a binge eating disorder as a teenager, which eventually led to her becoming morbidly obese at 22-stone by the age of fifteen. She has since admitted to paying out a whopping £25,000 on surgery to remove her excess skin after having a gastric bypass – all so she could begin dating. Charlotte was so embarrassed by the excess skin that she knew that she needed to have it removed before she would feel confident enough to start dating.

Disgust

Charlotte revealed that by the age of two, she would rather eat pasta than baby food, and by the age of five, she would steal snacks from the other children at school. She said, “I started drinking coke at five years old and at six when my family would go out for breakfast I would order the same as my dad. At ballet classes, there was a Domino’s Pizza next door, so after class, I would sneak over to get cheesy bread and quickly ate it before my mum arrived to pick me up before dinner. Once, while babysitting my takeaway order was a chicken alfredo, mozzarella sticks, chocolate cake and fries. I was sitting eating it all in my brother’s room by myself; I remember my dad walking in and immediately closing the door in disgust.”

As a child, Charlotte was the target of bullying at school, and one particularly embarrassing moment for her was when she broke the dentist’s chair while at a routine check-up because she was so heavy. Undergoing surgery helped her lose more than half of her body weight, and she was ecstatic; however, there was one problem – her loose skin.

Uncomfortable

She was badly bullied at school because of her weight. “I was once at the dentist, getting work on my braces, as I sat on the dentist chair it tipped back and collapsed. It was so embarrassing and was a really sad moment for me. Then at school a bunch of football players would stand on the table and shout nicknames at me, just to draw attention to me because of my weight,” explained Charlotte, who worried that her weight would result in a premature death and that she would never find love.

Charlotte added, “Some people after losing weight are very comfortable with how they look, but all I wanted to do was to conceal myself. I was very uncomfortable with having any of my excess skin on show and wouldn’t date until I sorted it out. I have a lot of guys’ comment ‘oh my God, you’re so beautiful’, but then they take a step back once they hear I was 300lb [22st] and couldn’t fit in an aeroplane seat once. There are some guys who are okay with it and others who aren’t; either way, I’m looking for someone different who I deserve to be with.”

Compulsive Over-Eater

Over the next seven years, she embarked on a journey to have surgery on her legs, stomach and arms to remove the loose skin. She ditched the junk food that she was so reliant on while suffering from her binge eating disorder and joined a gym; she lost 11 stone in total. Charlotte explained, “I have been a compulsive over-eater ever since I was born, it was definitely an eating disorder, I was always hungry and obsessing over food. I knew there was a better life out there for me. At 15, your life has not even started, and I knew I had to have gastric bypass surgery. But after losing a tonne of weight, I was left with a lot of hanging excess skin, which was even harder to deal with as a 16-year-old.

“Because I had a lot of excess skin, I never dated anyone, I was so embarrassed and never thought anyone could understand what I went through. “I could imagine all of the uncomfortable questions that would run through a person’s mind if they ever saw me without clothes on. I was very uncomfortable with the excess skin, I didn’t show it to anyone and refused to date anyone until I got it fixed. After having $30,000 worth of surgery, my body has drastically improved, but I do realise it will never be perfect. When I look in the mirror, the scars left behind are a constant reminder of what I have been through and how far I have come. My journey has definitely made me more selective when dating, I want to be with someone strong, and can bring something special to the table,” Charlotte added.

Help and Support

If you are in the same position as Charlotte where you are suffering from an eating disorder and know that you need to do something about it before it is too late, then contact us here at UKAT. We will do everything we can to ensure that you successfully overcome your eating disorder and move on to lead a happy life. Contact us today for any further information or enquiries.

Source:  Obese teen addicted to junk food spends £25,000 to get thin and start dating (Mirror.co.uk)

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