Mum-of-two Cora McEvoy (34) suffered from an eating disorder in her teens.
"It started when I was 17 or 18 and I felt under a lot of pressure, stress and anxiety dealing with the Leaving Cert.
"At first I was exercising as a way to deal with all my worries and trying to be fit. I just felt uncomfortable in my body.
"A year in, my family and friends started getting worried for me but at the time I insisted I was fine, I didn't feel I had a problem.
"After two-and-a-half years my weight was so low I had to be hospitalised for three months. The exams were long over but by that time it had become a habit.
"In hospital I had to face the fact that I had a problem and with proper nutrition I started thinking more clearly.
"This was over 10 years ago and the focus was on physically getting me well again but there wasn't much attention given to the mental side of things.
"Even though the eating disorder was resolved, I still went on to suffer from some depression and anxiety. It was only when my son was born that I felt I had a major turning point and relaxed.
"I think now there's more help available and more attention to the emotional side.
"But I still think there's a need for people to understand that an eating disorder isn't about attention seeking or wanting to be skinny. It's about someone who is uncomfortable in themselves."