'I didn’t see any hope': Eating-disorder survivor shares story during awareness week (Dr. Julia Raudzus, St. Paul's Hospital)

“I started at 12 years old – I wanted to lose five pounds. I felt like people would like me if I was five pounds thinner.”

Vancouver cardiac-surgery nurse Marlena Dumas has dealt with an eating disorder for more than half of her life. She shared her story with Metro to raise awareness of the condition during Eating Disorder Awareness week (Feb. 1 to 7).

And like many mental illnesses, stigma is one of one of the biggest barriers people with eating disorders face, said Dr. Julia Raudzus, head of the Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorder program at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Wanyee Li reports

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