Cape Town - Leading rugby referee Nigel Owens has revealed he suffered a bulimia relapse over Christmas.
Welshman - one of the world's top referees - made the admission during a
programme about awareness of eating disorders broadcast on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio Two, according to the Stuff website.
Online reported the 46-year-old had battled bulimia for almost 29 years
and he featured in a Panorama television documentary on the subject in
Asked by BBC Radio Two host Amol Rajan if he felt he had conquered
bulimia, Owens said: "If you'd have asked me this two weeks ago, I'd
have said yes. But, unfortunately in the last two weeks and the
Christmas period, the pressures of Christmas and the drinking and eating
too much, I have made myself ill unfortunately once or twice in the
last couple of weeks when I see myself putting a bit of weight on,
knowing I was too eating too much."
"It's an ongoing battle. When I did the Panorama doc, I learnt a lot
by speaking to people who had experienced far worse than I did," Owens
"I have been very lucky compared to how much people have
suffered with it. I managed to keep it at bay for the best part of seven
or eight months but unfortunately it has come back a bit now.
as frequently as the past, but once is still too many. It's an ongoing
battle that I need to think about how am I going to deal with it and get
some expert help."
Owen said, in a transcript published on Wales Online, that he had not "sought any professional help at all".
"The only pro help I have had was an unofficial one by speaking to
the experts during the Panorama programme and having a conversation
about my experiences and other people's experiences."
Owens revealed in the Panorama documentary that he had made himself sick three or four times while refereeing the England Test series in Argentina last June.
openly gay referee told Panorama his bulimia began at the age of 18 when he
was struggling with his sexuality and battling chronic depression.