Freddie Flintoff’s documentary Living with Bulimia has ruined viewers with an honest account of the game star’s raw and eating disorder.
The top gear presenter clearly spoke about how being bullied has affected her life, including the shame of being ‘proud’ of refining food, and now even finding it hard to accept the grip on it.
Commenting on his weight during his time as a cricketer, Freddie continued to throw away his food when he began to appreciate weight loss.
He explained: ‘Everyone was happy with me. My weight was coming down.
‘It was like this: “I do this boss.” It’s just continued and I’ve been doing it all the time. ‘
However, the negative effects immediately began to seize him, and before he finally told his wife, he confessed to hiding his actions from those around him, including teammates and family members.
Learning about bulimia as a whole, Freddie was shocked to learn that he was not defined as being ill, and that it contained other elements, including excessive exercise to burn the calories he ate.
In a heartbreaking moment, he later spoke to family members of young Lawrence, whose body had died of a heart attack, as his body turned out to be bald after many years.
Freddie also spoke to people currently in recovery, and had difficulty speaking out about him as a man.
Appreciated as the ‘most important documentary of the year’, viewers were soon sent to keep the love strong as he admitted that he felt he would have Balimia forever.
Statistics claim that around 1.5 million people in the UK currently have an eating disorder.
Of those, 25% are male – but eating disorders are still considered a ‘girl thing’, not until recent years where men’s mental health has been the focus.
If you suspect a family member or friend has a eating disorder, contact Beat or [email protected] on 0808 801 0677 for information and advice on the best way to get proper treatment.
As a result, men like Freddie are often ashamed to come forward with their own struggles, or refuse to accept them.
But speaking with people like Freddie, now more men are willing to open up about their relationship with food and image.
This includes a male sprat who told Metro.co.uk that he used the exercise to lose weight.
Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bilimia is now available on BBC iPlayer.
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