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Inside Abby Coleman’s eating disorder battle and how she conquered her demons

Thursday 21 January, 2021

B105 breakfast host and TV personality Abby Coleman has opened up for the first time about her eating disorder in a brand-new episode of the End Eating Disorders podcast.
She says good morning to thousands of Queenslanders every day and now Abby is sharing her personal battle with Bulimia, drugs and alcohol to save lives by breaking down stigmas and sharing the hope of recovery.
Abby said, “I remember thinking I’d never be able to enjoy food and be ok with who I was. We had healthy food in the house growing up so I would look forward to eating junk food at my grandmother’s house to the point of throwing up.
“I started purging after eating food I considered unhealthy, but even when I started working in the media it seemed on the outside that I was fine. I felt embarrassed and couldn’t imagine anyone else going through it.
“I didn’t tell anyone - for so many years I felt completely alone because not even my Mum and best friend knew what I was going through. I gave up on ever getting well and figured I was always going to feel ashamed.
“I didn’t know what a normal relationship with food was anymore.”  
Abby attributes the support of her husband, who had experience of a close relative with an eating disorder, and professional counselling in guiding her to recovery.
“Seeing an eating disorder coach helped my private battle because she understood what I was experiencing.
“She gave me the simple, practical tip to stop brushing my teeth after purging because it was affecting the enamel on my teeth, and to only rinse my mouth out. I thought ‘oh wow she gets this, she’s been here before’, and even though there were so many steps were ahead of that to get me through, it was a practical thing to help along the way.
“If you think you can get better by yourself, please reconsider. The longer you go without professional help, the harder it gets. You may not think you can recover but it does get better, you’re not broken or stuffed - you can find enjoyment and happiness.”
Millie Thomas, host of the End Eating Disorders podcast and certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, said Abby’s courage in sharing her story will save lives.
“It is so important to hear from someone like Abby who is living, breathing proof that recovery from an eating disorder is possible,” Millie said.
“Approximately 1.5 million Australians experience eating disorders and it is essential that those people who are fighting to reclaim their lives realise they are not alone in their battle.”
The End Eating Disorders podcast features in-depth interviews about Anorexia, pregnancy with an eating disorder, Orthorexia, the impact of social media and diet culture, body acceptance, comorbidities such as drugs and alcohol, different treatment approaches and lots more. 



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