Sunday, 17 March 2013

Michelle Collins talks about former eating disorder

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Michelle Collins speaks about her former eating disorder. Earlier on in her career she would routinely starve herself and then binge and purge until her body and appearance was so emaciated she looked like a heroin addict.

She also used boozed to fill the empty space instead of food and only weighed five stone at her lowest point. When she lost a job due to her appearance, she got a wakeup call and realized how obsessive and damaging she was being to herself. She got help and slowly returned to a healthier weight.

She worries today about young girls and the pressure they are under to be thin. I think it's a good thing that she's speaking out about it. Women and girls of any age can get caught up in this sort of cycle and they go far beyond a healthy weight into the same danger zone that Michelle found herself in. 

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8 comments:

Janice said...

Sympathy for the actress does not translate as likability of the character she portrays. I prefer actresses who let their work shine but keep their private lives private.

Frosty the Snowman said...

Sympathy is what she is obviously craving - just read another story by Michelle Collins on another website about how she nearly burnt to death in a fire. The words Milking It come to Frosty's mind.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Taking this article in good faith, I'd say MC means well and perhaps it will help to raise the debate. However, I can't help thinking that the target audience would be more inclined to take notice of young actors like Michelle Keegan or Brooke Vincent (not suggesting that this issue applies to them).

Anonymous said...

Men and boys suffer from eating disorders too. There is increasing pressure on males to have muscles and 6 pacs.

Anonymous said...

Has there been a story on Corrie about a character having an eating disorder? I have a vague recollection that someone did. It certainly wasn't a male though. Is this an idea for a storyline that isn't about bed hopping or crime?

Janice said...

Frosty, did you have an unhappy childhood, or some other great sadness in your life, to make you so relentlessly and unpleasantly cynical about people? You don't seem to have a good word to say about anyone. It's pitiable. I hope you are happier than you seem on here.

Real Janice said...

Frosty, some loser is using my name to make nasty comments. It was not me.

Freak of the Street said...

Can't agree more that I prefer actors (regardless of gender) who let their talent shine and keep their private lives to themselves. At this point in history, we are all well aware of the pressures of the entertainment industry; this is not news nor helpful in addressing this issue.

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