Chef who overcame eating disorder offers advice on a healthier relationship with food Tuesday 16 February 2016 PDF Print The number of both women and men suffering from eating disorders is rising by approximately 7% each year Lisa Roukin beat anorexia and bulimia to become a chef, teacher and author, and is available for interviews ahead of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (22 – 28 February). Recent research by Beat (the UK's leading Eating Disorder Charity) estimates that over 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder – and it’s not only women who suffer, with 11% of those affected male. The number of both women and men suffering from eating disorders is rising by approximately 7% each year, with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and 20% of anorexia sufferers dying prematurely from their illness. In other words, both anorexia and bulimia are on the rise. They are dangerous, fatal and oft-misunderstood illnesses. The fact that there is a global week dedicated to raising awareness of eating disorders is testament to its severity – and how much we need to talk about it. We’re faced with food daily, and it’s impossible to underestimate how hard this makes it to overcome the illness. With 46% of anorexia and 45% of bulimia sufferers making a recovery, it is possible to come through the other side – but the journey isn’t easy. For Lisa Roukin, who turned her life around after struggling with the illness as a teenager, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity to share her story of recovery to inspire and inform others. ‘An eating disorder is very hard to overcome as human beings need food to survive, unlike alcohol and drugs,’ she says. ‘The journey to where I currently reside has been an arduous one with many bumps and potholes along the way. Whilst challenging in transit, it has been ultimately enlightening and one of my biggest blessings.’ After reaching 13 stone at the age of 13, Lisa went on an extreme diet, losing huge amounts of weight, and eventually becoming so unwell she was admitted into an eating disorder unit. Her hair was falling out, her periods had stopped and she was unable to take her GCSEs or enjoy a normal teenage social life. After becoming a professional chef helped her start on the road to recovery, Lisa’s goal is to help others and show that it is possible to overcome the destructive force that is an eating disorder. She has overturned her relationship with food, developing recipes for leading brands, regularly giving healthy cooking demonstrations and teaching children how to cook nutritious meals. Lisa’s cookbook, ‘My Relationship with Food’, featuring 100 healthy gluten-free recipes, as well as the story of her personal journey of developing a better relationship with food, has been called ‘a compelling, nuanced and illuminating account – with great recipes and life lessons to boot’. Lisa is available for interview and expert comments. Excerpts, recipes and photographs from ‘My Relationship With Food’ are also available upon request. Notes To Editors: London-based Lisa Roukin is a chef, teacher and writer. Since 2008, she has run her own cookery school, Cook with Lisa, and has appeared on Channel 4, cooked live on BBC radio, and was a finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and provides gluten-free recipes to Ocado, the world’s largest online food retailer. In February 2016 Lisa Roukin was appointed guest chef at Restaurant Associates (see https://www.restaurantassociates.co.uk/2016/02/15/lisa-rouki...). Please contact: Lisa Roukin + 44 (0)7956437404 email@example.com www.myrelationshipwithfood.com (Twitter) @LisaRoukin (Instagram) @myrelationshipwithfood My Relationship with Food cookbook is available from: www.myrelationshipwithfood.com or www.amazon.co.uk Bookshops - Waterstones or Daunt Books - RRP £25.00 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Lisa Roukin (My Relationship With Food) in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.