Ex-Gladiator Jet draws on her own bulimia battle to help children with eating problems

05 May 2015

Diane Youdale, who competed under the name of Jet in the cult 1990s series Gladiator, sent out this positive message as she officially opened the new Spire North Wales Cosmetic Suite in Abergele.

Diane, 44, who qualified as a psychotherapist and Pilates instructor after leaving the hit show, will play a major role at the private hospital's base on the North Wales Business Park on the outskirts of the town, which has now doubled in size.

Spire has taken over the first floor of the building where they have been occupying the ground floor as a base for consultants since 2009.

The expansion has enabled the healthcare group to introduce a wide range of new services, including non-surgical cosmetic and beauty treatments. Acupuncture, sports massage and chiropody will also be on offer. 

Diane and a team of specialist teachers will operate the exercise side of the operation, providing classes in Pilates, Zumba and yoga.

She will also be working alongside one of the private hospital's consultants to help patients tackle obesity and other health issues through her 'Core Philosphy' workshops.

Diane said she is looking forward to working with the patients and particularly helping to tackle childhood obesity, drawing on her personal experience of struggling with the serious eating disorder bulimia nervosa when she was in her teens.

She said: “I developed Core Philosophy as a way of helping people think about their minds and bodies and to improve their well being through fun exercise and eating the right things.

“I had bulimia for five years between the ages 14 and 19, so I know how it feels to feel unhappy or uncomfortable with your own body.

“It was a difficult time for me on a personal level as I had left my home in the north east of England at the age of 16 and was living in London training as a choreographer and dancer.

“The bulimia I developed was a body image thing. I wouldn’t eat for a few days and would end up being so hungry that I’d then binge on food.

“You are then in a position where you take a laxative or make yourself vomit. 

“Luckily, I conquered bulimia when I learned about nutrition and the science behind it and what happens to your body when you start to eat good, healthy food.”

Diane added: “I think my own experience with an eating disorder will be invaluable to me in helping people, particularly the young ones, who are having similar problems.

“The message I will be trying to get over is that really healthy food can be fun and interesting too.

“I’ll be working closely with one of our consultants here at Abergele, Dr Ian Jefferson, who is concerned about obesity levels and he will be referring people to me for the help I can give them in dealing with this.

“A recent study found that 40 per cent of children admitted to actually bullying other children, with the main reason being that someone was different from them, such as by being overweight.

“We have become a very fat-ist society but I think what we will be doing in the new cosmetic suite is an amazing opportunity to make a difference to young lives.”

Andrea Carri, manager of the Spire Healthcare Consulting Rooms, said: “We have doubled the size of our consulting rooms by taking over the upper floor of the building.

“We now have four treatment rooms, all equipped with the latest technology, plus specialist areas for eyebrows and nails.

“We are able to offer nurse-led non-surgical beauty and cosmetic treatments using Elemis, Dermalogica and Mesoastetics as part of our service.

"The treatments will include anti-wrinkle injections, fillers, microdermabrasion and skin rejuvenation. We also offer laser treatment for hair removal, skin pigmentation and thread vein removal. 

"This is a great facility and this new service will be backed up by Spire Healthcare’s policies, procedures and expertise, which is reassuring in terms of patient safety and peace of mind.

"Anybody requiring a more complex cosmetic or non-cosmetic procedure can be referred on to an appropriate consultant."

She added: “Prospects for us look very good as we develop our ambition to take care of the whole body, both inside and out.

“We are thrilled to have Diane on board. She is keen on nutrition and exercise and will work with our paediatricians on child obesity.

“There is also scope for her to work with other consultants on a number of health issues, such as stroke rehabilitation.”

After helping Diane to cut the ribbon and officially declare open the new cosmetic suite, Cllr Brian Roberts, Mayor of Abergele, told VIP guests: “I was here six years ago when the Spire Consulting Rooms first opened and it’s good to be invited back to toast the success of this exciting new venture.

“The Consulting Rooms have gone from strength to strength over the past six years and having such a prestigious name as Spire here is helping to attract more tenants to the North Wales Business Park and therefore bring in more jobs.

“Spire definitely does a fantastic job here and there’s nothing else like it along the north Wales coast.

“It has brought a lot of prestige the town.”   

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