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  • 00:01 AIMEE: I'm achieving things, and I want other

  • anorexics to see that they can achieve things as well because it's such a trait with the

  • illness that you don't have any belief in yourself.

  • 00:12 COMM: Like so many teenagers Aimee Corner

  • was desperate to fit in.

  • 00:17 AIMEE: I used to look at all the popular girls

  • and they used to be like quite thin and I thought if I'm thin then maybe people will

  • start liking me.

  • 00:26 COMM: And this belief led her to starve herself

  • until she was dangerously underweight.

  • 00:31 AIMEE: I always wanted to get down to four

  • and a half stone, and that was like my goal weight. I think realistically I knew I would

  • never get to it because I probably would have died.

  • 00:43 COMM: Aimee, from Washington, Tyne and Wear

  • admits she was just eight years old when her problems with foods began.

  • 00:49 AIMEE: I just remember like as tory being

  • told by my dad and it was about someone who knew that his friend had choked on a piece

  • of meat and I thought I better stop eating my food fast and it got to the stage where

  • I was frightened to eat any solid foods,

  • 01:10 COMM: And by the age of 14, her difficulties

  • had escalated as she faced bullying, and desperately wanted to be liked at school.

  • 01:17 AIMEE: I thought people would start to like

  • me more if I lost weight because I thought I would change into a different person. I

  • just thought I'll just keep losing weight, I don't care, I just don't care about eating

  • any more and I got down to literally thinking I could survive off like a spoonful of

  • yoghurt and two forkfuls of potato.

  • 01:35 MAUREEN: We knew she was losing weight

  • but we didn't think it was that. We didn't realise it was anorexia.

  • 01:41 COMM: As well as starving herself Aimee was

  • also exercising compulsively to increase her weight loss.

  • 01:48 AIMEE: As I got more and more unwell, like

  • I couldn't like do proper exercise, so I used to walk everywhere but then it gradually built

  • up, I mean some mornings I wasn't even going to sixth form because I would spend the entire

  • morning walking around like, the local area.

  • 02:03 AIMEE: Then I would walk to sixth form for

  • like two hours in the afternoon, then I would walk home, and then I would try and get out

  • again to walk even more. At most I would say I was doing like 6 to 8 hours of walking a

  • day.

  • 02:16 COMM: Eventually her obsession saw her stop

  • eating and drinking for two whole weeks.

  • 02:21 AIMEE: I thought if I didn't eat at all then

  • my weight loss would continue rapidly and I thought I'm sorted.

  • 02:27 AIMEE: But then obviously they caught me in

  • time to put me in the hospital.

  • 02:31 COMM: Being hospitalised was the wake up call

  • she needed.

  • 02:34 AIMEE: I remember sitting in the ambulance

  • on the way to the hospital and the paramedic was like I don't actually know how you're

  • still conscious or how you're actually still alive because someone with a blood sugar this

  • low should be a coma, they should be dead.

  • 02:48 AIMEE: It's horrible when I look, I don't

  • look like me, I look like an old woman. Like it just ages you so much, I look like seventy

  • on some of them photos and I used to think I looked nice.

  • 03:01 DIANE: I was in hospital with her and obviously

  • I had to wash her and I know it sounds awful but can't - I couldn't bear to like touch

  • her, when you washed her you could feel everything, like her shoulder, collar

  • bones, her spine and her hair was coming out in clumps, it just broke my heart.

  • 03:23 COMM: Now nineteen, Aimee is trying to increase

  • her weight to a healthy eight stone, two.

  • 03:29 AIMEE: But it wasn't until I hit my lowest

  • weight and then something clicked in my head and I actually can't live like this. I thought

  • I've had like five years of this, I just can't deal with it any longer so I started eating

  • and eventually I put on like a bit of weight and they discharged me, I'm eating better

  • than I've ever ate in about five years, COMM: And she's about to start a degree in Psychology.

  • 03:54 AIMEE: I want to be able to help other anorexics

  • because it makes me feel awful seeing how much they suffer and I've conquered some

  • of my fears and I want to show them from a recovered anorexic's point of view that you

  • can do it.

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Teen Anorexia Survivor Wants To Help Others Battle Eating Disorders

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