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Andrew Flintoff reveals he’s still fighting bulimia eight years after opening up on the matter

Andrew Flintoff reveals he’s still fighting bulimia eight years after he first brought up the matter

Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he is still suffering from bulimia eight years after disclosing the problem.

The former England cricket captain said that while he feels ‘under control’ and has a ‘coping mechanism’ for living with the eating disorder, he is still struggling with it this year.

‘I probably need to get help – I know it’s a problem and I know it needs to be addressed,’ he admits in a BBC documentary airing next Monday.

The former England cricket captain said that while he feels 'under control' and has a 'coping mechanism' for living with the eating disorder, he is still struggling with it this year.

The former England cricket captain said that while he feels ‘under control’ and has a ‘coping mechanism’ for living with the eating disorder, he is still struggling with it this year.

The 42-year-old father of four, now a Top Gear co-presenter, shared how the problem first surfaced in the early days of his cricket career, when he was pilloried.

On the program Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia, he spoke to other men seeking help for the problem and the family of someone who died of a heart attack caused by it.

To his bulimia, Flintoff said, “I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed the results.

“I don’t know if it’s just a guy, you think you should be able to stop it.”

But while feeling the situation ‘under control’ he admitted, ‘I should probably seek help. I know it is a problem and I know it needs to be addressed. ‘

'I probably need to get help - I know it's a problem and I know it needs to be addressed,' he admitted in a BBC documentary

'I probably need to get help - I know it's a problem and I know it needs to be addressed,' he admitted in a BBC documentary

‘I probably need to get help – I know it’s a problem and I know it needs to be addressed,’ he admitted in a BBC documentary

Although he said he has now developed a “coping mechanism,” meaning he largely avoids the urge to get sick after eating, he said, “I’ve had periods when I’ve done it this year.”

He also confessed to hiding the true extent of the problem from his wife Rachael, 42, saying he ‘lied a few times’.

“If I didn’t, I didn’t feel good about myself,” he said.

While filming a boxer training documentary in 2012, Flintoff first revealed he had bulimia.

In the documentary, he said he believes the reason he didn’t handle it is ‘because everything else is going so well’ right now, including his TV career and ‘great family’.

He added: ‘I have this new career as a TV presenter, which I love; I have a wonderful family that supports me in everything. ‘

The BBC program cited statistics on how an estimated 1: 4 bulimia sufferers are male, but 60 percent of them do not seek help.

Flintoff said creating the program – specifically interviewing Pam Nugent, whose infant son Laurence died in 2009 – had led him to “wonder how I am dealing with my eating disorder.”

He added: ‘A 24-year-old had a heart attack from bulimia. It’s that thing you think will never happen to you.

‘I don’t want to be a statistic, I don’t want to be something that will be read about for years to come, that something happened to me’.

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