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It’s an exhausting cycle of fear, guilt and shame. The pandemic has seen my monster eating disorder return


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by Michelle Heffernan
29th Jan 2021

Read time: 7 mins

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The pandemic has deeply disrupted daily life across the world and exacerbated many mental health problems as a result. Here, Michelle Heffernan, writes honestly about her experience with disordered eating

If you knew me when I was 18, you probably thought I had it all figured out. In 2007, I received 600 points in my Leaving Cert, headed off to college at Trinity, had a loving family, boyfriend, and soon, a modelling contract. On paper I had it “all”. Inside, I was literally and figuratively dying. By 2008, I had dropped to a BMI of 14, and my body and soul were fading day by...

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