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  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 10 boys have an eating disorder!

  • 20% of anorexics die!

  • Only 67% of bulimics fully recover!

  • 87% of sufferers are below the ages of 20 years old!

  • The average onset age of an eating disorder sufferer is between the tender ages of
    9 – 12 years old!

If you are not certain as to whether you have an eating disorder or not, here are a few questions which you can ask yourself:
  1. Do you weigh yourself excessively? (Every day/ more than 1x per day)

  2. Are you afraid of gaining weight?

  3. Do you see yourself as being fat, yet others consider you thin?

  4. Do you starve yourself for extended periods of time/skip meals?

  5. Do you ever purge (vomit/use laxatives/diuretics) after a meal?

If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you would greatly benefit from seeking help from either of the following:
  • Eating disorders institutions e.g. Crescent Clinic
    011 792 9400 (24/7)

  • SADAG –South African Depression and Anxiety Group
    Toll free 0800121314 / sms 31393 (24/7)

  • Nutritionist

“I have been over-whelmed by the heart-warming and inspirational feedback I have received from the schools; students; teachers and parents. Parents who contact me expressing gratitude for opening up their eyes to their child’s addiction as well as opening up the lines of communication with their children. Teachers have expressed sincere thanks for creating the awareness of the effects that teasing and emotional bullying can have on one another. Also how many of us suffer from low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy and are now encouraged to seek help. With the abundance of sufferers who contact me on a regular basis, often long after I have addressed their school, has made me realise how my story resonates with the thousands of children and parents in our community. It is a clear indication that I am most definitely addressing a major problem presently in our country.”


Having suffered from bulimia nervosa for 13 years, Shannon is passionate about reaching out to assist others by sharing her journey of self-destruction, realisation and finally self-love. She visits schools, colleges and organisations creating awareness of these often lethal eating disorders and their devasting side-effects. Shannon has conducted in excess of 150 talks around S.A. and has had opportunities to share her story on TV, radio and various other media platforms and continues to receive outstanding testimonials.

“I strongly believe that the roads which I have travelled in my life thus far, have not exclusively been for my own life lessons. Due to the alarmingly inceased statistics of eating disorders in our country and the horrific effect these diseases are having on our youth. I have no doubt that I can assist in educating our youth and their support systems and possibly prevent others from following suffering as I once did."

I am eternally grateful to Office National Africa who have assisted me in launching my organisation, "Born to be You" as they believe in the importance and have seen the benefit of sharing my story with our youngsters of today and their families.

After an incredibly soul-fulfilling partnership with Office National Africa, the time has now approached for me to take "Born to be You" to even greater heights. In hindsight, I continue my search to partner with corporate organisations. Kindly contact me to discuss the exciting prospect for us to partner together.

It would be a privilege for me to share my story with you, at your school and/or organisation. Whether you are someone’s daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father or teacher – this talk is for you! Please contact me to arrange for a talk.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Love always,

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The South African Despression and Anxiety Group
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