Teenage Girl With Eating Disorders “Said Her BMI Was Not Low Enough To Get Help”

Victoria is now a life coach

A life coach said she was told her BMI was not low enough for her to get medical help despite developing an eating disorder.
Victoria Spence is now 26, but as a teenager she said her eating disorder was triggered by body images of women on social media.

She has since recovered, but said if her parents couldn’t afford to pay for her to be treated privately, she would have died.

The Instagram influencer spoke candidly about her battle which could have been ended sooner if a person’s body mass index hadn’t been used to decide whether someone is too fat or too thin.

Last week, MPs urged ministers to remove the BMI scale.

BMI chart shows Victoria was overweight
(Image: victorianiamh / Instagram)

Victoria told the BBC she started losing weight after being spurred on by ‘unhealthy’ body images on social media.

She said she “fell into a deep hole” very quickly after being guided by images of people with six-pack bellies and thigh slits on social media.

Her body image was boosted after she discovered the BMI system and after nicknamed her “overweight”, her food order was triggered.

“I put my weight in the BMI calculator and I appeared overweight and I was far from overweight,” she said.

Victoria said her weight loss accelerated quickly
(Image: victorianiamh / Instagram)

Victoria was losing weight fast and as her anorexia was affecting her confidence, she told her mother that she “hated herself” so they went to her doctor.

Victoria said: “She told me my BMI was not classified as anorexia, but if I didn’t get worse I would come back.

“What the doctor told me, I saw because you are not quite enough yet. There was still more to do.

Victoria said her weight loss accelerated rapidly, leaving her mother and father with no choice but to pay for private treatment.

“If my parents couldn’t afford and I had to wait for NHS therapy, I don’t think I would be here today,” she said.

Victoria is now a life coach
(Image: victorianiamh / Instagram)

While social media helped fuel Victoria’s eating disorder, it also helped her on her road to recovery and she is now an influencer with over 129,000 followers on her victorianiamh Instagram account.

Victoria’s story comes as the death of Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was announced on Saturday.

She died aged 38 just a day after leaving a facility in Devon where she was receiving treatment for anorexia – the star had been battling the disease since she was eight.

His friend Leon Dee started a GoFundMe for the BB7 star after Nikki ‘exhausted all options’ of the NHS and they raised more than £ 69,000 to allow her to undergo private treatment.

Last week, MPs called for the end of the BMI system after a report by the Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee found that the lockdown had a ‘devastating’ impact on people with disorders of food.

MPs have warned that the government’s current obesity strategy is “dangerous” for people with negative body image and could potentially trigger eating disorders in people it is supposed to help.

La star de Big Brother Nikki Grahame
La star de Big Brother Nikki Grahame
(Image: Getty Images)

They recommended that Public Health England immediately stop using the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether an individual’s weight is healthy and replace it with a “Health for All Sizes” approach, which prioritizes healthy lifestyle choices over weight correction.

Committee Chair Caroline Nokes said, “The use of BMI as a measure of healthy weight has become a kind of substitute or justification for weight shame. It must stop. “

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Welfare said it was important that they take action to help people live healthier lives and that their approach is “guided by the latest research and new evidence. “.

NHS England has made it clear that it does not support the use of BMI thresholds. “

If you need help with an eating disorder, you can call Beat Eating Disorders on 0808 801 0677 if you are over 18 or 0808 801 0711 if you are under 18.

You can also visit the charity’s website.

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