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Celia Imrie's Comments Irritate an Eating Disorder Charity

February 14, 2011, 7:27 am GMT

She has been criticized by health campaigners after she suggested anorexia nervous patients are the only ones who can make themselves better.

Celia Imrie

British actress Celia Imrie has come under fire from health campaigners after she suggested anorexia nervous patients are the only ones who can make themselves better. The "Bridget Jones's Diary" star battled the condition as a young girl and was even hospitalized to receive treatment for anorexia, which she described as "my own selfish act".

During an interview with Britain's Radio 4, Imrie says, "I absolutely believe that you can make yourself better. Anorexia is an awful thing but you get yourself into it and only you can get yourself out of it." The 58 year old's comment has been met with criticism from bosses at U.K. eating disorder charity Beat.

A Beat spokesperson says, "I understand her comments are very much from her personal experience. But it is unfortunate that their effect might be that offers with the disorder will feel they are not worth anything, that they have been silly and have brought it on themselves."

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