Fixers teen recalls anorexia struggle

Published Friday, 04 April 2014
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A Co Antrim teenager working on a Fixers project to help anorexia sufferers has recalled his own struggle with the illness which put him in hospital for a year when he was just 13.

Fixers teen recalls anorexia struggle
Fixers helps give young people a voice. (© UTV)

Jordan Caldwell, now 17 and from Carnmoney, tells the story of the lowest points of his life in the hope that others will be inspired to seek help.

Having been dealt a major blow with the loss of his granddad and two uncles, Jordon reveals how he started to exercise excessively.

He earned a place with Linfield FC, but was soon pushing himself much too hard in training.

As his illness got worse, Jordon lost his place on the team and things were so bad that he was doing press-ups in secret as anorexia took over his life.

I felt very low and confused - I was doing any form of exercise I could.

Jordon Caldwell

Even simple tasks, such as brushing his teeth became a struggle for Jordan.

"I thought there was calories in toothpaste," he recalls.

At his lowest, Jordon weighed just 5.5 stone and was admitted to Antrim Area Hospital.

During his stay, he wasn't eating or drinking properly and even sneezing was critical as it burned precious calories.

According to Ann McCann from Eating Disorders NI, more men are experiencing anorexia and they are getting younger.

Jordan has spoken out in his Fixers project to help others who may be struggling, as he knows that recovery is tough and takes a lot of work.

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"It was like someone was sitting on my shoulder controlling me," he said.
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