From ages 23 to 30 a woman named Helen Hine took a cocktail of diet pills and appetite suppressants. She thought that the concoction of pills would help her achieve the perfect body, but it left her with a multiple medical issues. Hine has been hospitalized 10 times due to panic attacks, breathing problems, kidney stones and other effects of the pills she swallowed.
Against doctors orders, she continued to take tablets like Ephedrine, Liptex, Lipo 6, thermogenic fat strippers (whatever those are) among others. The glamour model wanted a figure like her famous idol Cat Deeley and was willing to damage her body horribly for it. I’m not exactly sure what irony is, but I have a feeling this qualifies as ironic: Hine used to be a mental health care worker, but decided she wanted to be on TV after seeing Deeley as a presenter. Her desire to be on television triggered her diet pill addiction and body image problems.
Here are Hine’s X most heartbreaking quotes:
On her body idol:
When I first saw Cat Deeley presenting on TV, I thought she was perfect. She’s so successful and she looked amazing – everything I wanted to be… knew that to get there, I had to lose weight and look amazing.
On the pressure to be thin in order to model:
When I began modelling I was already a size 8, but I felt pressurised to look thinner in order to get work.
On her body hate:
I was always looking in the mirror and wishing I could strip fat from one part of my body or tone up in another area.
After first trying diet pills:
‘I felt so much stronger – I picked up the hoover one day and it felt so light. I was on top of the world. I felt skinny, toned, and amazing…But the euphoria didn’t last. A few weeks later, I was driving when I started feeling strange. Suddenly I was hot and sweating – and I couldn’t breathe.
After being told that the pills gave her a resting heart rate of 280 and could kill her if she didn’t get off of them:
‘I did feel scared, but a few months later I was convinced I had put on weight after coming off the pills, and my confidence took a blow again.
On coming to terms with what she’d done to herself:
‘It was horrendous. I realise now that I was addicted to the buzz of seeing my figure change in front of my eyes. I wanted so desperately to achieve my dream I put my health at risk.’
Here are 3 inspirational quotes on how far Hines has come:
1)’After going to the hospital for what felt like the 100th time, I finally thought enough was enough.’
2) ‘I know I’ll never touch diet pills again – being a healthy mum is more important to me, and I’m determined to keep my figure trim in a sensible way.’
3)’I decided to get rid of my obsession with being as thin as a celebrity.’
Thankfully Helen Hine is alive to share her story. I’m truly impressed by how she was able to look back critically on her addiction to diet pills and her body image struggles. Taking desperate measures to try and transform your body into another person’s body is never going to work. Your body is your body. You might die trying to make it something it isn’t, and maintaining a healthy body is more important than looking a certain way.
Story via Daily Mail// Image of Cat Deeley via Wenn