Anorexia is a big factor in Erin Dowling's life. She is a
16-year-old girl from Winkler, Manitoba. Erin has been dealing
with anorexia ever since Grade Five and it's only now that she
is beginning to get over the fear of what others think of her.
Her problems started at the beginning of Grade Five, Dowling
"I was really developing . I was really conscious about
what other people thought of me. I started to really cut back."
Her parents were always supportive.
"My Mom and Dad talked to me for hours just saying that
I was not fat and I could eat whatever I wanted."
Some advice Erin has for anyone dealing with anorexia: "Tell
someone . . .It is a very slippery slope and once you start sliding
it is very hard to stop; you need to be stopped otherwise you
are going to fall and it is going to sting."
In 1994, Erin spent 2 ½ months in Children's Hospital,
Winnipeg. Then went to Morden Hospital in 1995. She lived with
therapist Kim Andrews in 1997. Ever since August 98 she
has been living at home.
She says, "Kim has taught me a lot of things that I go
back on and they help me cope with
things that I am dealing with and I just overcame it with time"
Erin says "I kick myself everyday because it has really
affected my appearance and I think a lot of people are scared
of me. . . because they think I will go backwards again or I
will break in half."
She says that it is really hard to have relationships especially
with guys, and even some girls