SOBBING and humiliated, I watched as my GP scanned my body and told me: “Well, you look healthy to me.”
I’d just spent the last ten minutes pouring my heart out, explaining how I’d been trapped in a hellish cycle of starving myself then binging and purging on repeat – all in the wake of sickening sex abuse. Hana Carter pictured in 2006, the year the then 13-year-old was abused by a teacher at school The teenager’s smile hid her inner struggles with a series of eating disorders I was 16 years old and it had taken me months to pluck up the courage to seek help after spiralling into the depths of an eating disorder after my favourite teacher groped me in my classroom and tried to make me follow him into the stationary cupboard.
Despite me reporting it to the school, they’d taken his side and the other kids had caught wind of it and began calling me names in the corridors.
But my doctor told me I didn’t tick the ‘physical box criteria’ – my BMI was normal, I wasn’t skeletal and my periods hadn’t stopped.
Humiliated, I left the surgery and an already toxic pattern of thinking and behaving became even darker.
Across the UK, around 1.6 million people are battling eating disorders, with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders – and studies show those suffering with eating disorders are likely to be victims of sexual trauma. Not eating became her way of gaining […]