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Lucy
20th April 2008, 12:08
JOHN PRESCOTT, who as deputy prime minister punched a protester in the face, has confessed to suffering from bulimia, the eating disorder usually associated with anxious young women.

In his memoirs to be serialised in this newspaper next month, he admits to gorging on vast amounts of food and then vomiting. Prescott writes in today’s Sunday Times: “I’ve never confessed it before. Out of shame, I suppose, or embarrassment or just because it’s such a strange thing for someone like me to confess to.

“People normally associate it with young women - anorexic girls, models trying to keep their weight down, or women in stressful situations, like Princess Diana.

“I could sup a whole tin of Carnation condensed milk, just for the taste, stupid things like that. Marks & Spencer trifles, I still love them, one of my favourites. I can eat them for ever. Whenever I go to Mr Chu’s in Hull, my favourite Chinese restaurant in the whole world . . . I could eat my way through the entire menu.”

Prescott says one of the causes of the disorder was stress, brought on by overwork as far back as the 1980s when he was in the Labour shadow cabinet.

“The only break I ever took was to eat. That’s all I did. Work, and then quickly eat something. It became my main pleasure, having access to my comfort food. So what I did was stuff my face with anything around, any old rubbish, burgers, chocolate, crisps, fish and chips, loads of it, till I felt sick - but at least I’d had the pleasure of stuffing my face and feeling really full. Then there would be a weird kind of pleasure in vomiting and feeling relieved.”

He writes of his shame at “this gorging, this greed”, and of trying to hide his bulimia from his wife, Pauline. “I thought, of course, I was being clever, and no one would ever know, but Pauline realised in the end. The signs in the toilet gave it away, and all the missing food.”

She persuaded him to seek medical help 17 years ago from the House of Commons doctor, who sent him to a consultant.

He recalls: “I turned up and found his waiting room full of young women. I was the only man there. I felt a right twerp. Luckily none of them shopped me to the press.

“Perhaps they thought I was on a fact-finding mission, never for one moment thinking that a man of my age and build could be suffering from bulimia nervosa, but that’s what the consultant said I had.”

Despite treatment, the condition continued and he was still bulimic when he became deputy prime minister in 1997: “I’m sure it was to do with stress. I wasn’t doing it all the time, and there would be gaps of weeks and months, but during those years when we first got into power, I let things get on top of me and took refuge in stuffing my face.”

Prescott, 69, resigned last June and is retiring as an MP at the next election. “I haven’t suffered from bulimia for more than a year now,” he says. “I try to exercise in the gym for 45 minutes every day. My weight, though, is still over 15 stone - as I do love my food - but I try not to snack between meals and to eat at sensible times.”

He hopes that by coming out about his bulimia he might “help the many young women - and others - who suffer from it. I hope that it will encourage people to come out and discuss these matters and not suffer in silence”.

After he developed diabetes in 1990, he made that public, getting involved in a government initiative to make people more aware of the illness; but he kept the bulimia secret.

Now he is offering his support to the National Health Service campaign on food disorders and to the public debate on bulimia and anorexia.

Sockpuppet
20th April 2008, 12:17
What he's trying to say is he just doesn't have the willpower to be anorexic.

alreadypacked
20th April 2008, 12:49
:uofftopic Lucy why the change in avatar ?

Lucy
20th April 2008, 12:58
:uofftopic Lucy why the change in avatar ?

Bored, and I admire Lucy van Pelt.

bogeyman
20th April 2008, 14:11
I think Prezza is just trying to justify his £4k annual food expenses, retrospectively.

bogeyman
20th April 2008, 14:18
:uofftopic Lucy why the change in avatar ?

Seems to be an epidemic of it.

I'm definitely not feeling the love for BP's new avatar. It's too small for one thing. Bring back the saggy old cloth cat. The sailor had a certain panache too, but Animal from the Muppets just doesn't cut it mate.

As for Lucy, I can't really imagine her in the same light now that she isn't wallowing like some wanton trollop on a couch.

Lucy
20th April 2008, 14:21
Seems to be an epidemic of it.

I'm definitely not feeling the love for BP's new avatar. It's too small for one thing. Bring back the saggy old cloth cat. The sailor had a certain panache too, but Animal from the Muppets just doesn't cut it mate.

As for Lucy, I can't really imagine her in the same light now that she isn't wallowing like some wanton trollop on a couch.

My wanton trollop days are over bogey.

I think this would be a nice av for baggy:
http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/gov/uploaded_images/Bill-743606.jpg

bogeyman
20th April 2008, 14:22
My wanton trollop days are over bogey.

I think this would be a nice av for baggy:
http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/gov/uploaded_images/Bill-743606.jpg

Hey! Not bad!

shoes
20th April 2008, 14:31
Personally I wouldn't give a flying fk if that fat ignorant violent arrogant condescending champagne socialist halfwit fell down dead, why does he feel the need to publicly declare he used to throw up a bit, who gives a to55. Idiot.

Lucy
20th April 2008, 14:43
Personally I wouldn't give a flying fk if that fat ignorant violent arrogant condescending champagne socialist halfwit fell down dead, why does he feel the need to publicly declare he used to throw up a bit, who gives a to55. Idiot.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1329/1393596673_2aff6a79b9.jpg

bogeyman
20th April 2008, 15:04
Personally I wouldn't give a flying fk if that fat ignorant violent arrogant condescending champagne socialist halfwit fell down dead, why does he feel the need to publicly declare he used to throw up a bit, who gives a to55. Idiot.

Don't hold back mate, say what you really think :smokin

What happened to your av Shoes? Liked that one.

OwlHoot
20th April 2008, 16:22
What he's trying to say is he just doesn't have the willpower to be anorexic.

I think what he's trying to say is he's half bulimic - He gorge eats, and then forgets to throw up :laugh

(IGMC)

bellymonster
20th April 2008, 16:29
What must the guy be eating if he can maintain a 15 stone body whilst spewing.

Fair play to the lad, he's probably keeping the economy going single handed.

chris79
20th April 2008, 17:48
Sounds like a cover story for his £4000 food bill claim (plus whatever else comes to light under the freedom of information act in the near future).

Wilmslow
20th April 2008, 18:00
Lucy,

As a colleague who also has counselling skills, I am very surprised at your post.

Just because he has been a major political figure and a famous person does not give anyone the right to challenge somebody with any kind of illness and speak of shame for not having the 'balls' to have 'mentioned' it, whatever mentioning it means.

This kind of outlook to humanity suggests you may need to consider your choice of career.

Maybe I am a little sensitive, as I know that there are things about me that I would be reserved from 'mentioning' - in addition to the things that anyone who is a counsellor knows.

Giving the guy credit - he is, I believe coming to terms with the problems as he is at the admission stage, and giving positive messages to people to seek help to deal with the problem. What I am saying is that you don't immediately see it as a problem, which is the stage he is only now at. Many don't get to his present stage.....

Wilmslow
20th April 2008, 18:01
Don't hold back mate, say what you really think :smokin

What happened to your av Shoes? Liked that one.

Blimey - makes Lucy's post seem positively positive!

xoggoth
20th April 2008, 18:16
The thought of Prescot throwing up. Yech.

TimberWolf
20th April 2008, 18:34
It's amazing what nature can create after a mere 15 billion years of evolution.

From a collection of otherwise lifeless atoms can be formed what is arguably one of the most complex and highly evolved things in the universe. 15 stone's worth of lard atoms that can work together to seek out, assimilate and projectile vomit pie atoms. This may sound easy and quite a modest achievement after 15 billion years, but obviously it is not.

Lucy
20th April 2008, 18:42
Lucy,

As a colleague who also has counselling skills, I am very surprised at your post.

Just because he has been a major political figure and a famous person does not give anyone the right to challenge somebody with any kind of illness and speak of shame for not having the 'balls' to have 'mentioned' it, whatever mentioning it means.

This kind of outlook to humanity suggests you may need to consider your choice of career.

Maybe I am a little sensitive, as I know that there are things about me that I would be reserved from 'mentioning' - in addition to the things that anyone who is a counsellor knows.

Giving the guy credit - he is, I believe coming to terms with the problems as he is at the admission stage, and giving positive messages to people to seek help to deal with the problem. What I am saying is that you don't immediately see it as a problem, which is the stage he is only now at. Many don't get to his present stage.....

Listen you! You are in no way placed to tell me how to express myself on this board or anywhere else. Just because I have an opinion about Prescott or any of his other slimey mates does not impact my ability or suitability for counselling or any other career.

You are not a counsellor, you are a listener, there is a huge difference, if you wanted to do the course I am doing your telephone skills would not be recognised.

Prescott, as a public figure could have made a difference for all the men who suffer from this disease/disorder. It has enough derision surrounding it, for women, if he had of spoken out maybe he could of changed something, which I imagine is the reason he wanted a 'public life'. Therein lies my annoyance with him.

And if you are indeed 'sensitive' why do you keep bothering everyone with your incessent drivel. No one on here cares about your parking problems, incontinence or somesuch.

And do not PM me again.

The Lone Gunman
20th April 2008, 18:47
ANybody who has an eating (or any other) disorder is not capable of performing the duty of deputy Prime Minister with any great aplomb.
He didnt admit it before because he was riding the gravy train, having his cake and eating it, honestly this man takes the biscuit.

Gonzo
20th April 2008, 19:13
He didnt admit it before because he was riding the gravy train, having his cake and eating it, honestly this man takes the biscuit.:laugh

Wilmslow
20th April 2008, 20:28
And do not PM me again.

Firstly, i sent a friendly pm a few days ago, the only one, and got no reply. my post today had nothing to do with that post, why mention it?

i don't want a competition between who has the best skills in counselling, so will not reply to your message. not just listening skills, will leave it at that on here, but, more than happy for an off-line chat.

not sure what you mean by incontinence problems??? Not got the dreaded prostrate problems yet - got enough to worry about without that as well!

sounds like you have been on the sauce tonight ;)

sasguru
20th April 2008, 20:36
Firstly, i sent a friendly pm a few days ago, the only one, and got no reply. my post today had nothing to do with that post, why mention it?

i don't want a competition between who has the best skills in counselling, so will not reply to your message. not just listening skills, will leave it at that on here, but, more than happy for an off-line chat.

not sure what you mean by incontinence problems??? Not got the dreaded prostrate problems yet - got enough to worry about without that as well!

sounds like you have been on the sauce tonight ;)

Oh dear (tm). Looks like the village idiots have fallen out. :laugh

Wilmslow
20th April 2008, 20:39
Oh dear (tm). Looks like the village idiots have fallen out. :laugh

<<Canned Laughter>>

Couldn't resist.....

Lucy
20th April 2008, 20:46
Oh dear (tm). Looks like the village idiots have fallen out. :laugh


fighting with the missus again, sas?

Churchill
21st April 2008, 06:44
fighting with the missus again, sas?

What a sad lonely excuse for a human you are.

I find it amusing that when a man disagrees with you then you must immediately assume that he has had a problem with his significant other.

As a councillor, you suck!

Wilmslow
21st April 2008, 07:08
What a sad lonely excuse for a human you are.

I find it amusing that when a man disagrees with you then you must immediately assume that he has had a problem with his significant other.

As a councillor, you suck!

*Awaits Lucy's reply*

Churchill
21st April 2008, 07:20
*Awaits Lucy's reply*

(S)he's probably in the bathroom shaving - her chest!

Wilmslow
21st April 2008, 08:00
(S)he's probably in the bathroom shaving - her chest!

That is a very interesting thought......

xoggoth
21st April 2008, 08:14
I really can't believe how anyone can express sympathy for that self seeking c*. I hope he explodes.

Churchill
21st April 2008, 08:24
I really can't believe how anyone can express sympathy for that self seeking c*. I hope he explodes.

Now come on!!

Lucy isn't that bad!

Lucy
21st April 2008, 08:24
What a sad lonely excuse for a human you are.

I find it amusing that when a man disagrees with you then you must immediately assume that he has had a problem with his significant other.

As a councillor, you suck!

Listen Dogbreath.

No, sas made a comment about village idiots falling out, my response was to include him in it.

Yes, I never wanted to join the council.

Why don't you go back to boasting, you are better at it than insults.

Churchill
21st April 2008, 08:26
Listen Dogbreath.

No, sas made a comment about village idiots falling out, my response was to include him in it.

Yes, I never wanted to join the council.

Why don't you go back to boasting, you are better at it than insults.

Dogbreath?

I hope you use mouthwash...

wobbegong
21st April 2008, 09:28
I think what he's trying to say is he's half bulimic - He gorge eats, and then forgets to throw up :laugh

(IGMC)

I though bulimics were meant to be skinny. Hey, there's a thought, maybe he's being sponsored by the Bulimia Association, to dissuade others. "Look, it doesn't work, just look at Prezza, he was doing it for years!"

ratewhore
21st April 2008, 09:37
I though bulimics were meant to be skinny.

So did I. He's been bulimic for years and is still a fat ****. Another thing he couldn't get right...

Twat!!

Churchill
21st April 2008, 09:39
So did I. He's been bulimic for years and is still a fat ****. Another thing he couldn't get right...

Twat!!

Any truth in the rumour that he's got a book coming out soon?

Marina
21st April 2008, 09:44
Any truth in the rumour that he's got a book coming out soon?

I can't believe even Prescott would eat a book.

oracleslave
21st April 2008, 10:07
I can't believe even Prescott would eat a book.

:laugh :rollin: :laugh

TimberWolf
21st April 2008, 10:09
I can't believe even Prescott would eat a book.

If the book is coming out soon, it will one he had eaten earlier.

EternalOptimist
21st April 2008, 10:43
I dont its fair being mean to someone who has so much on his plate, plus I think he did try to confess all when he started gibbering about someone moving his tectonic plates. It's just that no one understood what he was on about






:rolleyes:

smiff
21st April 2008, 11:10
I really can't believe how anyone can express sympathy for that self seeking c*. I hope he explodes.

That reminds me, must watch The Meaning Of Life again. Prezza IS Mr. Creosote. :laugh

xoggoth
21st April 2008, 13:26
The bloke was useless. The only reason he remained in govt was that he was a handy go between between Bliar and old guard Labour. He was a Labour party apparatchnik disguised as a minister who was vastly overpaid from taxpayer's money.

Marina
21st April 2008, 13:39
and I bet he's still in his cushy flat over Admiralty Arch to this day

hyperD
21st April 2008, 14:45
The bloke was useless. The only reason he remained in govt was that he was a handy go between between Bliar and old guard Labour. He was a Labour party apparatchnik disguised as a minister who was vastly overpaid from taxpayer's money.

Indeed, a former waiter on a ferry who spent a lifetime sneering at anyone that made something of themselves, only to proclaim "I'm alright, I've got the foreman's job" and then stick his fat, overweight snout in the public taxpayer's trough, gorging and slurping and lapping and snorting while sticking his chipolata into anyone apart from his wife.

He was so incompetent that his regional assemblies and transport policies were a sham and a vaste and obvious waste of our money; his quasi-verbosity was the epitomy and ultimate revelation of how deep his ignorance ran.

It's no wonder that most of the opposition in the House of Lords used to jeer "Another G&T Giovanni" whenever Jabba used to break the vacuum and haul himself off his sweaty leather seat to spew forth his ill-educated meaningless patois.

The man with so little courage and so little class and education, that he could only display his pugilistic side when someone threw an egg at him during the 2001 election.

Prescott couldn't even get bulimia right: he forgot the purging stage which is part of the full cycle "ritual".

He's not a bulimic - he's a diabetic, overweight, glutonous pig with a book coming out which conveniently distracts the public from the 10p tax debacle.

He's just a misogynistic, adulterous, arrogant, council tax avoiding, self-centred buffoon with delusions of adequacy.

In a perfect world, no-one would buy his book and it would only be available in car boot sales for 5 for 50p.

Xenophon
21st April 2008, 14:49
Helluva post, hyperD. Loving the vocabulary. My personal favourite line:

'...gorging and slurping and lapping and snorting while sticking his chipolata into anyone apart from his wife.'

bogeyman
21st April 2008, 14:53
Bravo hyperD :yay:

hyperD
22nd April 2008, 02:23
Thank you kindly sirs!