Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 May 2016

Anorexia survivor on a mission to educate others

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 20/01/2014

Harriet Davis is a young woman who seems to have it all. Intelligent and good-looking and with a loving family, she's training to be a doctor. Today, however, she reveals in this paper her battle with anorexia. This terrible condition almost cost her her life.

For Harriet to speak as she has done shows remarkable bravery. Her purpose, of course, is to help thousands of other girls and women who suffer from this condition, often in secret.

Shockingly, she reveals that she first felt uncomfortable about her weight at the age of six. This lays bare the enormous pressure on girls when it comes to appearance.

In extreme cases, this can lead to anorexia.

Harriet now wants to ensure specialist services for eating disorders are properly funded and GPs are alert to warning signals.

She and her brother Johnny need public support for their fundraising activities and all the money they can get to achieve their goals.

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