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Princess Diana and the PASEF Helpline

I was searching for new links to add to the PASEF link section, and I came across an interesting website, www.edreferral.com. I started reading the section about famous people who have experienced eating disorders. The website included an excerpt from an interview with Princess Diana. I already knew that Princess Diana suffered from bulimia, but I want to share this excerpt with readers and supporters of PASEF since a very large number of women in America suffer from bulimia. Here is the excerpt:

"I had bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day - some do it more - and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It's like having a pair of arms around you, but it's temporarily, temporary. Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it's a repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to yourself." ~Princess Diana

Image courtesy of The Daily Mail
There are many reasons why eating disorders develop, although Princess Diana's reasons and feelings may be similar to other women suffering from eating disorders. Do you know anyone who is suffering from an eating disorder? Please, tell them that you care about them and that they are valuable and beautiful (or handsome). It will take some time before they will be able or even willing to seek help.

For this reason, PASEF is starting an anonymous e-mail program - similar to a crisis phone line, although it is done completely over the internet through the privacy of e-mail. If you or anyone that you know would like to chat online with someone who has had an eating disorder, please e-mail us. To preserve your anonymity, begin by creating a new e-mail address. You can use Gmail, Yahoo!, Live ID/Hotmail, or Inbox.com. Create any fake name that you like (or your real name if you want to), then e-mail us from your new, anonymous e-mail address.

Write the PASEF Helpline today at helpline@pasef.org.

We have volunteers that have experienced every type of eating disorder that is currently known, so we know what you're going through. We are a kind, helpful voice if you aren't comfortable with speaking with a therapist yet or if you just need an understanding person to talk to. We're here for you.


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