Lorraine Kelly show yesterday.
I explained how everything had gone pear-shaped during the summer of 2009 and how Ben started to exercise more, de-calorise meals, cut himself off from his friends and lose weight. How I had no idea what was happening; after, all as far as I knew, eating disorders like anorexia happen to girls not boys. I also thought (wrongly) that anorexia was all about a 'diet gone wrong'. Just tell them to eat and they would. But, basically, I had no idea what was the matter, so it wasn't until late summer / early Autumn that I took Ben to see the GP.
Then there was the fact that Ben didn't look particularly 'stick thin' at that stage. Just by looking at him you probably wouldn't think anything was really wrong, especially if you'd never seen him as a rugby player before he lost all the weight. As Lorraine Kelly said, his weight plummeted from 12 stone when he used to play prop forward in the rugby team to, well, she said 7 stone, but it was actually 8 (50kg). (8 stone doesn't sound mega low, but never forget this is a 5ft 7inches rugby prop forward bloke we're talking about...)
But I knew something was terribly wrong. In the end it was the school nurse who told me about what treatment was available, so I went back to the GP and insisted they refer Ben for treatment.
And of course anorexia isn't just about losing weight; it's about all the other things that are going on as well. It's about the strange behaviours and moods. It's about depression. Ben cut himself off from his friends, he started to behave strangely at school and went off the rails. This, from a boy that had been academically bright, popular and respected by his peers and teachers alike.
And there Lorraine Kelly had to conclude the interview as we were limited for time, of course.
And, of course, I never managed to talk at all about the road to recovery - or the wonderful, amazing, awesome people that helped us get there (you know who you are, dear ladies at the Around The Dinner Table Forum!) and who were a true lifeline - and still are.
Or even my blog and why I write it.
But I did manage to get them to put a link to B-EAT and FEAST on the Lorraine Kelly Twitter page.
So that was our interview with Lorraine Kelly on the Lorraine Kelly show on GMTV yesterday.
And a huge thank you to Ben (who isn't really called Ben, as you will have seen) for enthusiastically agreeing to take part in the Lorraine Kelly show and talk about his experience with anorexia.