Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, August 7, 2017
by Suhad Shtayyeh

The Diana Effect || The One Thing We All Need to Know about Diana Princess of Wales


The end of August commemorates 20 years since Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed were tragically killed in a car crash in Paris. As the media continue to discuss all things Diana, her photos, her romantic relationships.Particularly in the wake of the controversial documentary : Diana in Her Own Words. We at CIIN feel that Diana’s public fight with bulimia is perhaps one of the few conversations that may actually benefit people today.

Diana’s ‘secret disease’ was revealed to the public in 1992 in Andrew Morton’s book, Diana : Her True Story.The Princess is described as first struggling with bulimia in 1981, and was still suffering from it during the late ‘80s when she sought treatment.

The causes that initially triggered the eating disorder was the public and media’s scrutiny of her size, labeling her ‘pudgy’.Her eating problems were further exacerbated when her marriage fell apart, and food became the answer to the emptiness she felt.

Once her disease was made public, there was a sharp increase in the number of reported bulimia cases.It was because of Diana’s admission that many people were finally able to come forward and admit to an eating disorder of their own.This is now known as the ‘Diana Effect’.

When you take into consideration the influence of Diana Princess of Wales on the world, she is the original influencer, it is understandable that many eating disorders therapists credit Princess Diana’s bravery with saving the lives of many people who suffer from bulimia.It is our hope that 20 years later, reminding people of Diana’s secret disease may help people today overcome their eating disorders… If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, click here.


Aug 7, 2017