Lincoln Woman Battles Bulimia, Writes Story of Recovery

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A Lincoln woman overcame her battle with bulimia, by writing a book.

Emily Estes's eating disorder started when she was 13 years old.

"I think what it came down to was just personal self worth and confidence," said Estes.

She battled bulemia for about 10 years and she won.

"For me it became a moment of I have to choose between life or death," Estes said.

She spent three months in a California treatment center for her eating disorder and time in outpatient care.

"Everytime I would go to a therapy session or my dietician, it was like they would tell me that I am what I want to be, that I deserve everything, that I am a good person. I was trying to believe that and I wanted to believe that," said Estes.

But it's the book that she created that led her to realize her self worth.
She cut out her negative thoughts by clipping sour messages in magazines and giving them a positive spin.

She called her book "Affirming Me, Diminishing Ed". ED is short for eating disorder.

She was able diminish her eating disorder, but the struggle never ends for others.

Experts say anorexia is the leading cause of death of all mental health disorders.

Bulimia and binge eating are just as life threatening say experts.

"A lot of people think that in order for an eating disorder to be life threatening, it has to be very underweight status, a very physically presentable case but that's not actually true," said Crystal Zabka Belsky, Director of the Eating Disorder Program at OMNI Behavioral Health in Omaha.

"For someone with bulimia, there is a lot of internal damage, with binge eating disorder, a lot of internal damage. So someone can present very normal on the inside and be very detrimentally ill on the inside," Zabka Belsky added.

Eating disorders could affect anyone, male and female, across any age group. Zabka Belsky said men are less likely to seek help.

"We see a lot more middle aged women in their 40's 50's we are seeing a big growth in that area. The reason being, they are people who have had eating disorders for years and years and have never sought care," Zabka Belksy said.

Estes, a second year master student studying to be a dietician at UNL hopes her words encourage others to know they deserve every tomorrow.

A candlelight vigil is taking place in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The event will take place on Thursday, March 1st from 6 to 7 p.m. in the King of Kings Church Educational Center (11615 Street Omaha, Ne 68137). The event is free and open to the public.

This year's candlelight vigil will include a variety of special components including a book signing with Emily Estes.


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