REVELATIONS on Friday that radio broadcaster, Heather Dee, had suffered from an eating disorder during her early 20s, has, she says, led to half a dozen magazine offers to speak more.
Dee chose to speak to the Record – exclusively – to promote the work of Beat (formerly the Eating Disorders Association). From the 25th of this month until the 2nd of next month, it is Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
She told allmediascotland.com: “It’s the first time I have publicly spoken about my battle with anorexia when I was younger, and am doing it now because I’m working with Beat, to try and raise awareness about the issue. I gave the exclusive to the Record because I believe they are taking this issue extremely seriously and I applaud them on their proactive approach in promoting the dangers of eating disorders.”
Until recently, Dee was a presenter on Edinburgh-based all-speech radio station, talk107. She is currently presenting news on Kingdom FM. On Friday, she also received many messages of support from friends and colleagues.
She added: “I hope the piece will help those with eating disorders realise that there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, and no matter how many obstacles get in your way in life, with the right support, you can get through it.”
Since Friday, she has received offers to speak from six magazines. “I will probably take up one of them, provided it can deliver the right target audience. I was working all day Friday, so couldn’t properly answer all the personal calls I received.
“All that was in the Record article [by Lisa Adams] was true, there was no exaggeration. I thought it was a very responsible piece of journalism.”
Read the Daily Record article here.