Surviving anorexia – a users guide
As we approach Eating Disorders Awareness Week (25th February-3rd March 2019) the critically acclaimed author Kim Marshall, details how she struggled with anorexia and how she overcame it to help others recover.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is now an international event, supporting suffers of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. The week helps to dispel misunderstandings about the conditions, raise awareness of them and signpost sufferers to the support networks around them.
According to Beat, the national eating disorders charity, on average 149 weeks pass before those experiencing eating disorder symptoms seek help. That’s almost three years, 37 months or 1,043 days and local author Kim Marshall thinks that’s too long.
Kim founded Kiss Goodbye To Ana to support people recovering from anorexia and now helps other women with eating disorders using the same therapy that helped her.
After the break-up of her marriage, anorexia entered her life and Kim felt that by controlling her food intake she was able to take back some control in her life. After years of suffering, Kim was admitted as an inpatient to an eating disorders centre but after discharge, was introduced to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) which she used to transform her life by changing the way she felt about herself and became more confident, positive and happier.
Mind, state that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health issue each year with approximately 20% considering suicide, 7% attempting suicide and 7.3% self-harming. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions.
Kim said: “recovery from an eating disorder or any other addiction or mental health issue is scary because it has becoming our coping strategy for life and we can’t imagine our life without it. But true recovery is not solely about stopping behaviours, otherwise we can turn to another eating disorder or addiction to cope. I have worked with people with eating disorders, anxiety and depression, drugs and alcohol issues and I’ve seen many long term transformations. People who at first, are scared and ashamed, who beat themselves up for everything, who need to people please. But through using EFT to change their mind-set, end up feeling confident, loved and good enough. That is true recovery. And by learning EFT, they have a healthier coping strategy for life”.
Kim Marshall has personal experience of anorexia and bulimia and used EFT in her own recovery. She is an AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner and founder of Kiss Goodbye to Ana, helping people to recover from anorexia.
This is the first book explaining how EFT can be used to help in recovery from anorexia.
How To Kiss Goodbye To Ana – Using EFT In Anorexia Recovery by Kim Marshall was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers on 21st February 2018, priced £12.99 (paperback).
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