I had anorexia in the 1970s – and it came back in lockdown | Ask Philippa

The loneliness that triggered this was not your fault, says Philippa Perry. Have self compassion and get professional help

The question In the 1970s, I was anorexic and was in hospital for months as a teenager after being admitted as a medical emergency weighing just 5st. In those days, treatment was harsh, drug-based and punitive in tone.

I recovered to live a fulfilling life. I was married for 30 years, raised two children, worked as a teacher and ended my career as head of a large comprehensive school.

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