« I didn’t feel like I could talk or say anything Being a dude, 6ft 4 and Preston, I’m not supposed to have an eating disorder full right So you keep it hidden and you don’t want to talk about it «
Former Lancashire and England cricket star Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has bravely opened up about his secret eating disorder and created a split personality to cope
Preston’s Freddie isn’t someone you would necessarily equate with vulnerability and his successful career has instilled in him the notion of never letting your guard down and staring at your opponents.
His sense of humor and down to earth charm off the pitch have also helped him become a successful TV personality and presenter.
But in a powerful new documentary airing tonight – Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia – the 42-year-old reveals how his long-standing machismo masked a serious health battle
The Top Gear presenter has been living in secret with bulimia for many years which is characterized by excessive consumption of food and then purging
Freddie spoke with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain to get a preview of the schedule in which he faces his eating disorder for the first time and asks if he needs any professional help to deal with it
He said: « I remember when I was young when I started playing professional cricket, and I was a shy young boy and pretty retired, and I don’t think that would have cut him off. in the world of professional sport
« So this character of Freddie seemed to develop, where he seemed bulletproof, nothing is going to bother him, anytime you step out into a lot or in a situation you have it under control
« I developed this over a period of time, I guess, as a coping mechanism Don’t get me wrong, it was also a lot of fun
« But as I get older, I think I am getting more and more inside myself a bit and more confident in my own skin – probably more Andrew than Fred »
Freddie also explained that the number of men with eating disorders was « much higher than you think »
About 15 people in the UK have an eating disorder, 25% of whom are men
Regarding his bulimia, he revealed: “The statistics for men with eating disorders are high… I almost asked for help in my early twenties
« A dietitian came to speak to the team I was at the time when I was going to say that I have a problem here
« She signed off saying she worked with a lot of women and she wouldn’t imagine there was someone with an eating disorder in the room, because we were a bunch of guys, obviously
« I didn’t feel like I could talk or say anything Being a dude, 6ft 4 and Preston, I’m not supposed to have an eating disorder in its own right So you keep it hidden and you don’t want to talk about it
« I’m 42 now, still not 100% sure how comfortable I am with the documentary coming out tonight and the reaction there will be to it. But I guess I’m more comfortable in my skin these days «
Of the documentary, he added: “As it unfolded we talked to amazing people, guys who had been through… I started to learn a lot more about myself- even and on the way I handle this «
Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia will air on BBC One on Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m.
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