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I nearly killed myself because of slimming pills'

PUBLISHED: 10:26 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 12 August 2010

Cosmopolitan magazine

Cosmopolitan magazine

A WOMAN who nearly committed suicide after becoming addicted to slimming pills has urged other people against the same plight. Rhian Wilson, 21, of Penge High Street, started taking a so-called weight-loss aid in March 2007 and just six months later b

A WOMAN who nearly committed suicide after becoming addicted to slimming pills has urged other people against the same plight.

Rhian Wilson, 21, of Penge High Street, started taking a so-called 'weight-loss aid' in March 2007 and just six months later became so depressed she attempted suicide.

The admin assistant became so obsessed with slimming, even though the drug she bought online was nothing more than orange powder and made no difference to her weight, that it took over her life.

She said: "I couldn't go out for meals because I was worried that the people I was with would see it. I stopped talking to people, my sister could see there was something wrong but I wouldn't open up to her.

"I split up with my boyfriend at the time because I wasn't all there. I lost my job because I was too ill to go to work. I saw myself as massively overweight."

Eventually, her frustration led to her attempting suicide in September 2007 by taking 70 paracetamol tablets, drinking a litre of vodka and slashing her wrists.

She said: "Luckily I was found by my ex-boyfriend. I did it because I thought nobody would want to be my friend and didn't think there was any point going on."

After seeing a psychiatrist, Miss Wilson now has her life back on track but she wants to warn other people thinking of buying slimming aids.

She said: "They are dangerous. You don't know what you are buying or what you are putting in your body. They really don't work and they are expensive.

"It's very difficult because our society places so much emphasis on weight but I hope people will go about getting help sensibly if they believe they are overweight.

"Women in particular are under so much pressure to be thin. If you think you're overweight, you should go to the doctor to check you really are and don't just have a warped body image like I did.

"My life has been transformed and I now have my emotions under control and I am looking forward to the future."

n Miss Wilson's full story will appear in the February edition of Cosmopolitan.

A WOMAN who nearly committed suicide after becoming addicted to slimming pills has urged other people against the same plight.

Rhian Wilson, 21, of Penge High Street, started taking a so-called 'weight-loss aid' in March 2007 and just six months later became so depressed she attempted suicide.

The admin assistant became so obsessed with slimming, even though the drug she bought online was nothing more than orange powder and made no difference to her weight, that it took over her life.

She said: "I couldn't go out for meals because I was worried that the people I was with would see it. I stopped talking to people, my sister could see there was something wrong but I wouldn't open up to her.

"I split up with my boyfriend at the time because I wasn't all there. I lost my job because I was too ill to go to work. I saw myself as massively overweight."

Eventually, her frustration led to her attempting suicide in September 2007 by taking 70 paracetamol tablets, drinking a litre of vodka and slashing her wrists.

She said: "Luckily I was found by my ex-boyfriend. I did it because I thought nobody would want to be my friend and didn't think there was any point going on."

After seeing a psychiatrist, Miss Wilson now has her life back on track but she wants to warn other people thinking of buying slimming aids.

She said: "They are dangerous. You don't know what you are buying or what you are putting in your body. They really don't work and they are expensive.

"It's very difficult because our society places so much emphasis on weight but I hope people will go about getting help sensibly if they believe they are overweight.

"Women in particular are under so much pressure to be thin. If you think you're overweight, you should go to the doctor to check you really are and don't just have a warped body image like I did.

"My life has been transformed and I now have my emotions under control and I am looking forward to the future."

n Miss Wilson's full story will appear in the February edition of Cosmopolitan.

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