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Celia Imrie's Comments Irritate an Eating Disorder Charity

February 14, 2011 07:27:51 GMT

She has been criticized by health campaigners after she suggested anorexia nervous patients are the only ones who can make themselves better.


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British actress Celia Imrie has come under fire from health campaigners after she suggested anorexia nervous patients are the only ones who can make themselves better. The "Bridget Jones's Diary" star battled the condition as a young girl and was even hospitalized to receive treatment for anorexia, which she described as "my own selfish act".

During an interview with Britain's Radio 4, Imrie says, "I absolutely believe that you can make yourself better. Anorexia is an awful thing but you get yourself into it and only you can get yourself out of it." The 58 year old's comment has been met with criticism from bosses at U.K. eating disorder charity Beat.

A Beat spokesperson says, "I understand her comments are very much from her personal experience. But it is unfortunate that their effect might be that offers with the disorder will feel they are not worth anything, that they have been silly and have brought it on themselves."


 




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posted by tervuren lady on Feb 14, 2011
I appreciate as a 52 year old myself who as a teenager watched a school friend suffer from anorexia that Celia may not appreciate the steps forward and research into this disease that have been made since the 60s and 70s. She is entitled to her opinion of course but her comments are not helpful to those struggling with the disease. My daughter is a recovering anorexic and as she came through her treatment the realisation of how her illness affected her family made her distraught. Let's get real: people are not blamed for bringing on their depression and anorexia is as much a psychiatric disease as deprssion. For those who have no knowledge of eating disorders Celia is feeding the opinion of those who think you can just say ‘pull yourself together’ and get over the disease single handedly – it just doesn’t work like that. Thanks very much – let’s raise awareness of this disease – it is a killer and a multi layered and complex disease. From a supporter of BEAT and a loving Mum

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