Duchess of York I wished I had bulimia to be as thin

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first_imgShe told how she used to be a comfort eater, finding herself in a “dangerous” place.The Duchess concluded she was happier and healthier today, after seeking help to overcome food addiction.“The key is that I used to be a comfort eater,” she said. “I used to eat to put a band aid over my emotions and I squashed my feelings through food.“I realised that actually it wasn’t a treat and in fact what I was doing was almost going to kill myself with the toxicity build-up within myself. Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House Sarah Ferguson marries the Duke of York in 1986 Later in the interview, she told Dr Murthy she had wanted to “make myself as beautiful and thin as Princess Diana or Elle Macpherson”.”I tried, but of course it never went that way,” she said.On her recovery, which saw her lose 55lbs after embracing healthy eating and learning to see food as nourishment rather than the enemy, she said: “[I got better] By understanding that I had to go to the depths of the feelings within myself and really want to help.”The Duchess, 57, now hopes to develop her own range of nutritious sauces, and a franchise of kindergartens around the world to teach children about healthy eating. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I was a binge-eater. I never could get bulimia because I just didn’t have that mental state to go that far, but I always wished I could.center_img The Duchess of York has disclosed she once wished she suffered from bulimia, as she struggled with an addiction to food.The Duchess, who said she had wanted to be as “beautiful and thin” as her then sister-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, said she had willed herself to have the eating disorder but did not have “that mental state”.In an interview about her recovery, she said: “To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.”In a podcast with Dr Vijay Murthy, who practises holistic medicine and naturopathy and counted the Duchess as one of his clients, she said she hoped to be a “human bridge” for listeners suffering from disordered eating to get help. Sarah Ferguson marries the Duke of York in 1986 The Duchess of York with her doting daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie The Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie “But that just shows you how dangerous and what place I got to. To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.“My body and mind was in that place, but I couldn’t actually act out to make myself sick. I then grew and grew and grew.”last_img read more