Gemma Oaten: Anorexia nearly killed me
It’s not just about the sufferers, it’s about the carers and the torture of them seeing their loved ones going through hell and back. Effectively I was killing myself in front of my parents and loved ones. And that caused a lot of heartache.
Caught in the grip of anorexia for half of her life, Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten nearly died on three occasions.
It was an disorder which hospitalised her countless number of times for over 10 years, and saw her weight plunge to four-and-a-half stone before she was finally able to control the illness that had taken over her life.
Gemma's here as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week to show how it's possible to recover from this horrific illness.