I’m A Celebrity 2019: Angie Kent Recounts Living With An Eating Disorder
Trigger warning: the following story discusses eating disorders and may be triggering for some individuals.
Angie Kent opened up in camp on Monday, telling Richard Reid about living with an eating disorder when she was younger.
Speaking candidly, Angie revealed that she has only recently begun talking about her experiences in the last few years.
“My mum and dad never knew,” she told Richard, “My dad still doesn’t know. My mum knows now though.”
According to Angie, telling her mum about her past was distressing for her to hear, not realising that Angie had been living with bulimia for years.
“You do get judged… people think you’re doing it for attention or they think you can snap out of it,” Angie said, telling Richard that for her it was more about control.
Issues with her skin prompted Angie to become stricter with her diet, “Then when I binged I’d be like, ‘Oh my god I’m going to get acne’.”
Angie said mindfulness and meditation have been helpful, allowing her to stay on top of any troubling thoughts.
The chat comes just one day after Angie’s former Gogglebox co-star Yvie Jones made a powerful speech at the camp weigh-in.
Asking to not be part of this year’s weigh-in, Yvie spoke passionately about her own past living with an eating disorder, and the struggles of discrimination.
“I wish we lived in a different world where what we look like doesn’t matter,” Yvie said in front of her campmates. “You don’t know what it’s like to go through life and be judged solely on the weight that you are on a scale or the clothes that don’t fit you properly.”
Her impassioned speech and bravery were celebrated by her campmates and by those watching at home.
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