Lily Collins opens up about her eating disorder

Lily Collins opens up about her eating disorder

Lily Collins drew reference from her own experience and suffering to play the role of an anorexic patient for her latest movie “To The Bone.” A dark comedy based on the film director Marti Noxon’s eating disorders, it took Lily back to the times when she herself had suffered from an eating disorder.

In her memoir, “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me,” which would be serialized in The Times Magazine, Lily traces the origin of her eating disorder to her father Phil Collins’ divorce to his third wife and her then stepmother Orianne Cevey and the disconnect that grew between her father Phil and her. She attributes her deepest insecurities to issues with her dad.

Lily’s habit of first gorging on food and later purging had resulted in her hair falling out and nails becoming extremely brittle, and yet she continued to starve and exercise obsessively. When her throat burned and her esophagus ached, she was convinced she had damaged her body beyond repair. Well known for her roles in movies like, “Mirror Mirror” and “Rules Don’t Apply,” Lily was terrified she had ruined her chances of having kids.

This time too, Lily lost over 20 pounds to play the protagonist Ellen in “To The Bone.” The process took Lily back to the time when she battled the disorder both emotionally and physically, but in a safe and healthy way with support from her team, especially her nutritionist.

Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie has been snapped up by Netflix for a $8 million.

Timely help important for those suffering from eating disorders

Eating disorders are difficult and devastating conditions that can have grave effects on the productivity, health and relationships of a person. Used jointly for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice.

These disorders are a daily truth for over 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States alone according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Almost four out of 10 individuals have either personally experienced or known someone who has experienced an eating disorder. In fact, as per the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all the mental illnesses.

The Sovereign Health Group understands that suffering from eating disorders can wreck an individual’s life, including those of their friends and family who are often clueless about what’s eating their loved one away.

Since eating disorders can lead to serious complications later, it is extremely important to look out for warning signs from people suffering from eating disorders and to get them timely help, support and treatment. Sovereign Health provides care for patients suffering from eating disorders at various levels including residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care and its trained staff ensures they address all issues pertaining to eating and other mental health disorders, ensuring a full recovery.

If you or your loved one is struggling with any form of eating disorder or mental illness, you can contact us for information on mental health centers in California. You can call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 for expert advice on finding the best mental health rehabilitation centers in California. You can also chat online with our experts.

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