Reviews and Success Stories
Since Bulimia Help was founded in 2007, over 10,000 people have put their trust in us to support them through recovery, which has resulted in so many wonderful success stories. People who once considered themselves lost causes, but who gradually came to trust what we already know – that change is possible and that it’s never too late to recover.
Here are some of their stories of recovery…
My name is Lola. I’m 34 years old and before recovery I was bingeing and purging up to 3 or 4 times a day, abusing laxatives and an over-exerciser. It was following a particularly harrowing 3 or 4 days that I decided I was serious about leaving bulimia behind, like breaking up from a bad relationship or saying good-bye to an abusive friend.
That’s when I found www.bulimiahelp.org. It was a major, positive turning point in my life… I have never looked back. The information just clicked with me. It made absolute perfect sense why I was bulimic and what had caused it. In retrospect, the restrictive eating and obsessive exercising all for the sake of losing a couple of extra kilograms was ludicrous!
My body weight was stable before bulimia, but as a bulimic I went up a dress size. The answer was simple: the way to stop binge eating is to stop purging. I found the answer I needed.Amazingly it has now been ten months since the last time I purged
I am by no means perfect, but I am towards the tail-end of my recovery, about 95% there. I still have an occasional binge but nowhere near the amount I was binging and certainly not as frequently. My relationship with food has improved ten-fold. Trigger food that I could never have in the cupboard out of fear of uncontrollable binging is now enjoyed in moderation! I have not put on any weight from ceasing to purge.
In fact I have lost a little without even trying. My life and happiness is no longer ruled by a number on a scale. In fact, I threw my scales out long ago! I feel that I am in much more control of food and my destiny and some of my positivity and zest has returned.
Some more feedback…
“I’ve never felt so calm and in control around food. I eat when I feel like it and until I am full. Some days it’s more and some it’s less. I really never believed that recovery is possible and I am still surprising myself every day with how much happier and healthy I feel. Thank you.” Carina
“I cant stop smiling 🙂 I laugh more, at stupid things. You know when your by yourself and think of something stupid… and you cant help but laugh/smile and you feel totally stupid but it’s sooo awesome”. Ammo
“In the last few months I feel like I have gained hours of my day and the freedom to just relax and be a fully participating member of my life again!! I had forgotten what it felt like”. Cassie
“Instead of having to spend my time whenever I am alone bingeing and purging I do a lot of other things. I paint, play with my dog, go hiking, play basketball”. Stephanie
“I have not put on any weight, I have rediscovered spontaneity and I feel like I have gained so much freedom. I still can’t believe how much my life has changed for the better. My life at the moment is more ‘normal’ than it has been at any point in my memory”. Julie.
“I’m in love with my bulimia-free life, and out of love with the binge, especially since purging is no longer an option”. Rochelle.
“I used the Recovery guide last year and earlier this year and also did coaching for a number of months. I am now 11 months completely b/p free and finally feel free of bulimia. I was bulimic for 10 years prior to this and had tried countless times to recover, but was never successful. I am truly a believer in your program”. Chloe.
“I am 5 months, almost 6 Bulimia and ED free. I want to personally thank you and share my appreciation for what you guys are doing for sufferers. Stumbling across your program online truly inspired me to get the help I need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Sara 🙂
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Marcy’s recovery story
I had bulimia for nineteen horrible years. I just turned 40 this year, and sometimes it’s so hard for me to imagine that I have spent almost half my life being bulimic. Before recovering, I had never experienced adulthood without bulimia!
I had always been kind of chubby kid. I ate a lot to deal with sadness. I was born with a port wine stain on half my face. Boys didn’t like me and I got made fun of a lot as a kid. Around the time I turned 16, I decided to go on a diet
I lost a considerable amount of weight, and discovered that some people would overlook my face if I wasn’t fat. I maintained that weight for several years by restricting my diet and tons of exercise. A few years later, I got married. I was married for ten years and had two daughters.
But during my pregnancy I gained a ton of weight and my doctor wasn’t very sympathetic. I was told I couldn’t gain any more weight and that it was ridiculous for me to have gained so much in the first place. So I felt pressured to take control of my weight. It was during my first pregnancy that I developed bulimia and it spiralled out of control.
Then something happened that totally blew all my control.
Both of my daughters were killed in separate accidents.
My youngest, at three months old, was killed in 96. My oldest was killed in 2001, just shy of her ninth birthday.
As you can imagine, my whole world fell apart. My marriage didn’t survive it. By 2002 I found myself divorced and alone and my battle with bulimia became a whole different ball game. I binged on everything. 6-8 times a day. All my money went down the toilet.
My health got very bad, very quickly. I held onto some kind of survival until 2010, can you believe that? I still worked, but all my money after paying rent went to food.
I tried everything I could think of to recover
I’ve been in therapy, tried online programs, tried OA. I was in the hospital shortly after my oldest daughter passed away and they actually did put me in the eating disorders ward. But even the inpatient CBT didn’t stop me.
My kidneys started to shut down and my doctor told me I would need dialysis if my bulimia continued. In any case, I was surfing the net one day and happened upon the Bulimia Help Method. What the heck, I thought. I have tried everything else, let’s give this a shot.
Wow! For the first time in my life, I was told I am not a mental case! For the first time I was able to see the connection between that first fateful diet I did way back as a teenager and my battle with bulimia.
Are you serious, I said to myself…my diet caused all this?
I decided to give it a go, to trust the program and give it a chance.
That was in, 2010. I sit here now, and I can’t believe I have energy. I can’t believe my face isn’t bloated. I can’t believe I am strong!
I thank God EVERY day that I happened to come across BulimiaHelp.Org. It worked when nothing else did.
It is an on-going battle, I’m not going to say there is a magic cure. But the information in The Bulimia Help Method gave me the power and confidence to recover. I’m amazed at how my body has forgiven me and is healing as time goes on
I have been a member of Bulimia Help for over a year now. I have had tremendous success with it. I truly cannot express how much of a lifesaver the program has been for me.
“You gave me a life! Words can’t express how incredibly grateful I am…”
Since joining your website last year and meeting up with a friend I met on the site, I am proud to say that I am still free of bulimia (16 months!!!).
I just wanted to let you know that you and Ali saved my life. What am I saying? You gave me a life! Words can’t express how incredibly grateful I am to you both. I wish you so much success!
“I can’t even express the sense of freedom I have every day of my life now…”
Hey I’m Catherine, I’m 25, from the UK and I am a Recovered Bulimic. I had Bulimia for 10 and a half years and disordered eating pretty much my entire life. I always thought recovery was IMPOSSIBLE. For the majority of my life I wasn’t interested in trying to get better anyway, but I think in the last few months of my bulimia things got so serious, I was sure I was going to die. If things would have continued I probably would have.
A good day for me was B/P-ing twice a day, a usual day however consisted of me B/P-ing 10-25 times a day especially in the later stages of my disorder – It was the scariest and most out of control time of my life.
But something happened to me, once I’d hit this total rock bottom I decided that maybe I could give recovery a chance, just to see if it was possible. I randomly found this site that same day and suddenly I wasn’t alone anymore, in that moment I realised I did deserve a chance at life.
Despite the fact that most of us have read every book under the sun I can honestly say this program really is different. While I’ve been in recovery for 14 months now I owe it all to this site and the things I learned from Richard & Ali.
Coming here and learning about structured eating all those months ago saved my life, I had bulimia for ten and a half years and now I am totally free.
The program it’s self is a real eye opener, I sat there nodding and laughing to myself at how much sense it makes, it is like nothing I have ever read before, we have the real deal here guys!
I have been in successful recovery for 17 months now. I have learned more about myself and about bulimia than I ever thought possible.
I can’t even express the sense of freedom I have every day of my life now. Being able to have any amount of previously triggering foods at home and knowing 100% that I wont feel the urge to relapse. I’m living in heaven right now and you can get here too. Give recovery everything you have and a whole lot of time and you can reach even further than you ever thought possible.
Richard I could say thank you a million times and it still wouldn’t be enough, you and Ali are real life superheroes 🙂 x x
“I read through the program, and damn it, all of it made a lot of sense. I am SOOOOOO grateful…”
I bought the program knowing that it was conceived with a lot of love, and honest labour. I read through the step by step eBook, and damn it, all of it made a lot of sense. I am SOOOOOO grateful. Thank you for all your hard work. I believe that this is a gift, and the 70 dollars is an investment in my health wealth and happiness.
I hope that you know you’ve made a difference for me.
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Cassie’s Recovery Story
For the past ten years and up until around 4 months ago, I was convinced that even if I really wanted to part with MIA, I couldn’t. I had tried and ‘failed’ so many times stooping lower with each defeat.
As a result I convinced myself that for all the harm I was doing to my body, my mind, my social life and my chances of being happy, the positives of my addiction outweighed the negatives. ‘It’s not that bad’ I would tell myself. ‘I can usually control myself’ I would whisper to myself in those desperate moments where my secret came crashing down on my ‘normal’ life throwing it into disarray.
I was so certain that it gave me control and helped me cope as I sacrificed one aspect of my life after the other to be able to have the time to shop, binge, purge, hide and lie.
I was too afraid to tell anyone what I was going through.
I had a friend who was tragically diagnosed with skin cancer. This was something that shook my world and put my obsession with my weight in perspective.
We never know how long we have in this world nor can we decide. One thing I knew for sure: if I knew my time was limited, the last thing I would be thinking is ‘I wish I had have been thinner in my life’.
I began my recovery telling myself that I was only trying to ‘cut down’ and resolved to restrict my B/P to every second day. I told my partner who was completely supportive.
Telling him was the hardest thing I had ever done. I had to cry hysterically for 2 hours with him guessing what was wrong before I could even begin to talk!! But it was also the best thing I could have done.
Bulimia Help gave me the support I needed.
I found people who seemed like amazing individuals and it made me realise I was not the problem – there are thousands of intelligent beautiful men and women dealing with this problem and it is a tragedy that we blame ourselves!
One of the most important aspects of Bulimia Help is that it made recovery seem plausible It promised me that I could recover and gave me concrete steps that I would take to put me down that path. Most importantly, it made sense.
I didn’t believe it at first. I followed the structured eating plan certain (and prepared) that I would gain weight. I felt like I was eating so much but was still getting hungry and ‘slipping up’.
I really noticed a complete reduction in my urges to binge when I introduced previously ‘forbidden’ foods such as chocolates and sweets into my eating plan. It felt amazing the first few times I was able to eat chocolate without binging, have an ice cream or cake with friends. It took time, but it has transformed the role of food in my life from a fear to a pleasure
I have not put on any weight and after 2 months of eating pretty much what I feel like, when I feel like (still trying to be reasonably healthy but never restricting) I still can’t believe how much my life has changed for the better.
I have rediscovered spontaneity!
In the last few months I feel like I have gained hours of my day and the freedom to just relax and be a fully participating member of my life again!! I had forgotten what it felt like.
I feel like my life at the moment is more ‘normal’ than it has been at any point in my memory.
It’s strange; most days I think about how proud I am of how far I’ve come. Of how much better my life is. Nevertheless, there is still the shadow of my MIA. I still think about it. I have to remind myself of how horrible it was.
I had been so wrong about everything that I thought MIA gave me. I want my life to be my own!
Even more feedback..
“I went to my psychologist, who (no exaggeration!) nearly had a heart attack with the progress…”
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
My name is Emma and I’m 27 and live in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve had an ED (anorexia) since I was 17 and battled on an off with it for years. Early this year I had a big relapse, and then developed bulimia for the first time when I was trying to recover.
The last 7 months I have been binging/purging every day, mostly multiple times and feeling so low that I even started self harming as a method of escaping the binge/purge cycle. I have been having psychology session weekly since April as well as NLP and Nutrition sessions. I have been so determined to beat this for good- but yet I was slipping lower and lower week by week.
Last Friday (3 Sept) I didn’t eat all day, then binged late at night- and was lying on the couch in a cloudy haze and felt the darkness coming in. I was close to giving up everything. But yet I just wanted to try one more day. Then when I logged onto the Bulimia Help website I saw your program had been released so I purchased it straight away. I had (literally) nothing to lose- and only my life to gain.
I got up Saturday morning and listened to the meditation audio and promised myself to do Guided Eating for the day. Well to say I had an awesome day would be an understatement!! I ate THREE meals and THREE snacks and couldn’t stop smiling! In fact I wrote on the top of my self-monitoring sheets I do for my psychologist This was the best, most GREAT day I’ve had this year!”
I followed that up with the same on Sunday (and I’m talking about eating brown rice, heaps of veggies, yogurt, fruits and dips etc- amazing!!). I also went to yoga and walks (instead of running 15km or going to the gym). I’ve taken the next 2 weeks off work to truly focus on my recovery.
Monday I had a breakthrough when I was doing the meditation audio- I could (for the first time) SEE my ‘healthy’ body and I really stepped into it! I realise this had been a big barrier to my recovery previously I couldn’t ‘see’ what the future would be like so I remained stuck. I couldn’t relate to my future self. Well, during the meditation I danced a little jig in that future body and jumped up and down with excitement it felt great! So now I can’t wait to get there!!
Tonight I went to my psychologist, who (no exaggeration!) nearly had a heart attack with the progress I have miraculously made in 1 week! She couldn’t believe it!! She said I made her day and she’s never seen a smile as big as mine was tonight! I say miraculous because it does feel like I have received a miracle through both of you, Richard and Ali.
I’ve been doing the guided eating audio too which is good especially if I’m on my own. And I’ve been ok eating without it, but am still apply the techniques I’ve learnt in the last 3 days. I can’t believe I’m eating full meals in front of my family, WITHOUT guilt or anxiety. wow wow wow!
Anyway, I just KNOW that this is real recovery. After 10 years this seems unbelievable but I’m going with it. And I actually trust Richard when he tells me that I will become my natural, healthy weight even though I’m eating. I’ve been told that so many times- but somehow doing it in the meditation- I really DO believe it (not just try to believe it).
Thanks again- I’m excited to wake up in the morning now and I received from you both the best gift of all… hope for the future!
“I love the method, it is so so so so helpful…”
Hi Richard, I love the method, it is so so so so helpful and i’m doing really well so THANKYOU! your voice puts me to sleep every night! haha.
Thanks for saving my life Richard and Ali! xoxo
“More helpful then the ones at the Toronto General Hospital and the North York Hospital…”
I live in Toronto, Canada which apparently has great Ed recovery programs…. They had never heard of this site which I am finding more helpful then the ones at the Toronto General Hospital and the North York Hospital.
Thank you and Ali once again for all your fantastic work that has helped me and so many people.
For me I’m so over being bulimic, I’m not looking for some underlying issues… or problems as to why I am bulimic. We all have our problems, I just want to get out of the hellish cycle, learn healthier coping mechanisms, and get on with my life. The Method is great for that. It really offers sound insight for getting to grips with structured eating and why it is so important for any ED person to stick to it..
I also really like the extras- the interviews which are 30 mins each, the recovery stories and the guided eating.
I think the price, for a recovery programme, is worth it (if I think to all the money I have flushed down the toilet and shelled out for therapy). It has certainly helped me. I would definitely recommend it.
If I could suggest one thing for you it would be to buy the program! It’s simple, makes so much sense and despite only having started to try and implement it into my life, I can already see massive benefits! Do yourself a favour and buy it.
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Stephanie’s Recovery Story
I really thought there was something wrong with me. That there was something wrong with my brain. I would binge and purge any chance I had. Any time I was alone at my apartment.
I felt like a drug addict with food being my drug of choice.
After graduating from college I decided that I really needed to focus on recovery so I tried other recovery programs online. Many were depressing and wanted me to subscribe to online therapy. Many claimed it would take months or years for me to get better. They were reinforcing my fears that I was born with someone wrong with my brain and therapy would need to fix it.
I had first discovered bulimiahelp.org when I was at my lowest. After reading through the program and recovery tools, everything started to make sense I felt finally “this is something I can handle“.
The program showed me I wasn’t eating enough and it explained exactly what proportions of fats, carbs, and protein I should be eating which completely changed the way I prepared my meals.
In no time I found I felt full after every meal; something that had never happened to me before.
The program also provides other tips besides eating habits to help. It helped me understand why I felt so tired unless I had a b/p high.
What I really like about it is that it’s all step by step and really easy to understand.
Better still, I didn’t have to move onto the next step until I felt ready!
Of course I wasn’t perfect, I still thought about food a lot and I would still b/p every so often. But the important thing was that I was making progress.
For anyone nervous about weight gain, I actually lost weight, I’m not bloated anymore and I stopped have stomach aches.
So where am I now? Well I don’t want to put a label on it…I don’t want to say “I am cured” because then if I ever did b/p again I would label myself a failure.
All I know is that I look at food completely differently now.
I see it as fuel for my body so I can do the things I want to do in life!
Instead of having to spend my time whenever I am alone bingeing and purging I do a lot of other things. I paint, play with my dog, go hiking, play basketball.
These are all things I felt too tired to do before and now I feel energetic and look forward to doing them. Thank you so much Bulimiahelp.org!
Some email comments from our members…
What our members says about us…
“Now, thanks to you, I feel like I can really turn my life around…”
Hi Richard, I bought your course almost as soon as I could. because. I love the layout, it is so easy to read and follow- as in the past I’ve been put off reading 600 page books on recovery. I have read the whole thing now and I can’t wait to get started, in fact I wanted to start that day there and then I was so motivated!
I could relate to everything you mentioned about the onset of my bulimia- there is no dark, hidden, abusive, past to my life, I literally just went on a diet, a serious diet that spiralled out of control, which has ruined over 3 years of my life! Now, thanks to you, I feel like I can really turn my life around.
I will let you know how I get on and I’m sure I’ll end up with a few more questions as time goes on! Thanks again, you have done an amazing job. I’m still shocked at how much I could relate to in the beginning of your ebook; you really do know what you are talking about!
“The day after I found this site was my 1st day not purging in years…”
I just want to give my thanks to you also for this website. It really has saved my life. Months before I found this site I was always on the phone and online trying to find some kind of help or support and it’s ridiculous how little resources there are. When I came across this site it immediately gave me a sense of I am not alone. The day after I found this site was my 1st day not purging in years. I am now on day 13 and I know for certain I would not be if I hadn’t found this site.
I’ve been on this site for almost two years and you’ve really changed my life. So, all I have is thanks for you. purge free for 6 months … thanks to you 🙂
I haven’t purged since last december 2nd by vomiting although I have purged by over exercising a couple of times. Not to blow my own trumpet or toot my own horn or whatever the expression is….I have come a very long way with recovery mentaly and am definitly enjoying a WAAAY better quality of life. I’m so greatful to even just being able to get up and go about normal daily tasks without obsessing about about food and feeling paralisingly self conscious. Something that this time last year was a monumental order..just getting out of bed at all last year was like climbing mount everest.
I hit my rock bottom exactly this time last year, found this AMAZING site on I think the 2 of November and slowly began to finally recover, after many previous failed attempts..Im now back in college after having to drop out last year and am doing well.. overall a MASSIVE improvement in my life..in fact I am now living a pretty full and “normal” life rather than not even wanting to be alive.
“For the first time in many years I feel a sense of hope…”
I too wish to thank you for offering this wonderful site, it is a lifeline and for the first time in many years I feel a sense of hope. I’m just thankful for you making this site…It has literally saved my life!!!! Thank you for caring so much about all of us people that you don’t even know!!! You are amazing person and thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve had anorexia or bulimia (for 28 years) and have been mostly seriously underweight for all my adult life. I have tried it all – counselling, CBT, psychiatry, inpatient, outpatient, ED unit, self help, psychiatric drugs, hypnosis – yada yada yada – practical useful steps like your method seems to be working for me
“This site has got me further in recovery than any other institution, to me, it is well worth the price for a lifetime of recovery…”
So I decided to buy the program and I do like it so far. Very no-nonsense/to the point. I really love that there is a mind-audio MP3 because I find working with the sub-conscious mind to be very effective!
For me, I find the program puts bulimia in such simple terms, it makes sense to me. This is perhaps just what I, personally need. I am relieved that I am not mad, I am not losing it, and my body is simply reacting to the restrictive eating I have continually put it through. I am not denying there may be underlying reasons, but a lot of them I think my bulimia has prolonged and made worse.
To be honest, if there are any further underlying issues, I really don’t want to know. I spent a year of my life in a private mental hospital looking/searching for reasons for why I was like this.. it was an emotional and physically exhausting period.. and not successful in terms of helping me let go of my eating disorder. I never want to go back to this. Now I have simply had enough of my life with bulimia…
I started structured eating and one by one the eating disordered thoughts are slowly dissipating. One thing I was told in hospital.. and again in the program is to stick to your meal plan, as soon as you start to restrict, the ED thoughts come straight back, and it’s true.
I have found the program to be incredibly helpful at my stage of recovery (long-term and seriously wanting to get bulimia out of my life!!). The different stages, steps, the interviews, together with the website all assist in my recovery.
As regards the price… it’s £45 in the UK… that used to be ONE days binge money for me at one point… I paid £50 a session to see a therapist over a period of 6 months and I’m not even going to calculate the amount of money spent when in hospital. Given this site has got me further in recovery than any other institution, to me, it is well worth the price for a lifetime of recovery.
Each to their own, however for me, this site it has been instrumental in my decision to recover and to assist me through the process. The program only reinforces and strengthens my decision. Money well worth spent I say
“My life changed dramatically the day I logged into this site…”
Just wanted to let you know that I am celebrating four weeks of my recovery! I couldn’t do any of this without the support of this great site. My life changed dramatically the day I logged into this site and actually made the difficult realization that I was suffering from bulimia, it actually brought me to tears!
Since then, for once, I don’t feel alone and life is brighter. If you can’t afford therapy at the moment this site truly is the best thing.
“You can be free too…”
All I can say Richard is thank you. Thank you so much. Your site and material has helped me when the NHS has left me in the dark and still on the waiting list for help.
I have cone so far and I couldn’t have done it without this site. When I read your book everything clicked right from how it all started. So thank you, you are a wonderful amazing person to give so much to help others xxx
“This site is saving my life!!”
This site is saving my life!! It is a miracle that I found it when I did! It is supportive and gives tools like the structured eating plan which was never suggested to me by any of the therapists I had. Also, it is nice to know that there are other people out there struggling like I am and checking out this site has helped me to avoid a binge so many times. G-d bless u:)
“I have reached my goal of making it until the end of the year with no B/P”
I really found myself here by accident, but am I ever SOOO happy that I found the support here that I need.
I’d like to tell you that thanks to the help, resources and support I found on yours and Ali’s website that since the very first day I logged on here I have not binge/purged once AND I have reached my goal of making it until the end of the year with no B/P.”
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Julies Recovery Story
I had pretty much given up all hope of being able to have a healthy relationship with food…
After almost a decade of having bulimia with anorexic tendencies I had pretty much given up all hope of being able to have a healthy relationship with food. Almost every meal, (or non-meal) created havoc in my mind which was nearly always in overdrive. I am now, on the most part, a happy and healthy eater.
My bulimic lifestyle was so chaotic, it took over so much of my life, so much time, it caused so much anxiety, and produced so much unhappiness. I tried counselling, medication and a short stay in inpatient, but nothing ever worked!
I’d just think “this is not working” and lose all hope when I didn’t see any kind of change to begin with. I’d give it my all for a few days but the overwhelming urge to binge and purge was just too strong.
Every situation seemed like an opportunity to binge. An empty house, a cancelled date, a “buy one get one free” offer at the shops.
For so long I didn’t want to acknowledge my eating disorder. If I didn’t think about it then I didn’t have it. I could still work as a health professional full time, from 9-6 (with a very small, if any, lunch) and no one at work would suspect a thing. Then I’d come home and as fast as possible buy, eat and purge. Then get rid of all the evidence and sit down like it never happened.
So although I’m proud of my recovery, I’m so used to blocking out so many feelings and emotions, that I find it hard to acknowledge what I have achieved. I hope this makes sense!
The main reason I’m writing this is to give anyone reading this hope.
I really believe if I can do this that we all can. I know I used to hear about other recovered people and think ‘I’ll never do it, I’m not like them, I couldn’t give this up.’
But I have and I so strongly believe we all can.
But sometimes you have to reach rock bottom to start climbing back up!
I was so sick of being sick. Bulimia had given me something years before, but eventually I had had enough of this disease. I really hope and believe you all can end your fight with eating disorders too.
Thank you Bulimia Help!
Some feedback on our forums
A few comments from our members on Bulimiahelp.org