April 10, 2009 Richard Bacon late night chat win Nikki Grahame on BBC5
Nikki Grahame talks with Richard Bacon on his Late Night Chat Show which was on BBC5 thursday 9th April. The subject was Eating Disorders and some disturbing PRO-ANNA websites that promote Anorexia. Nikki was introduced before the news and Richard asked her if she brought her dogs but she said they were tired and went to bed at 10.30pm and they wear her out too!
In the main discussion they talked about Pro Anorexia Websites (which is what Ferne Cotton's documentary was about) and Richard mentioned Nikki's book Dying to be Thin which will be out next month! She talked about her experiences in hospital, and the children's psychiatric units (she was in the latter for 6mths aged 8), her two attempted OD's. The pro-anorexia websites weren't around when Nikki was ill so she wasn't affected by them.
Nikki talked about the BEAT website and their blogs, they offer good advice but she said these pro-anorexia websites are damaging. She believes girls use these pro-ana sites because they share common ground and experience with other sufferers - its all about self-destruction and self-abuse, she says its a life sentence - not all cases are the same, she will live with it for the rest of her life but has it at bay, its just a small part of her mind.
When asked what else she was up to Nikki mentioned her Hot Stars column every week in OK! magazine- Richard said he'll check it out.
You can listen to the full interview with Nikki on the Richard Bacon Late Night Chat Show on the BBC5 website here. For Nikkis bits you can fast forward to 1hr 34mins in, where she is first introduced and the main discussion is at 1hr 48 mins in. read more
Nikki will again appear in Body Gossip supporting BEAT on Sunday 10th May 2009 at The Hub, with the same cast and the same scripts. This is the 2nd show where celebrities read the stories about real people and their real bodies. Nikki reads a story similar to her own experience with Anorexia, full details can be found on the Body Gossip Website.
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