Princess Diana has always been a role model for millions of people around the world. Diana always looked beautiful in public, and many people considered her life to be truly perfect. But behind the magnificently poised image Diana presented to the world, she battled with numerous hardships, including bulimia.
Statistics on bulimia
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 women struggles with an eating disorder. Of course, it takes some time and much effort to overcome this problem.
People with bulimia have a fear of gaining weight, but that does not mean all people with bulimia are underweight. It is a serious mental illness that requires intensive treatment.
Diana’s 'secret' disease
In 1992, Princess Diana's biography, Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton, became a sensation. Besides other revelations, the book told about Diana's struggles with bulimia and self-harm.
During the 1995 interview with BBC, Diana said:
That’s like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day — some do it more — and it gives you a feeling of comfort.
By the way, Sarah Ferguson has recently opened up that she used to suffer from an eating disorder because she wanted to be as beautiful as Princess Diana.
People with bulimia need extra care and support, and it's one of the hardest tasks to find the right words of comfort. And Diana’s message can help girls with the same issues overcome this illness.