EastEnders Ben Mitchell faces eating disorder after help from unlikely source

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EastEnders favourite Ben Mitchell (played by Max Bowden) will finally confront his eating disorder in upcoming episodes of the BBC soap.

Ben has been suffering in silence after developing bulimia after his rape ordeal.

He has managed to keep it a secret from everyone around him but will soon be found out.

In scenes yet to air, Ben struggles with his feelings of inadequacy ahead of Jay Brown’s (Jamie Borthwick) parental hearing and is evasive when Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) tries to organise a celebration in The Vic that night.

Later, Ben looks certain to miss the court date altogether as he takes his frustrations out on the gym bag until George Knight (Colin Salmon) intervenes.

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The father-of-two advises Ben to be there for Lexi Pearce (Isabella Brown), no matter how he feels.

Jay is relieved when Ben makes it after all, but later at The Vic, Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) picks up on troubled Ben’s behaviour around food.

She follows him home and tries to get him to open up to her, sharing her own experiences with bulimia.

But unable to share his pain, Ben lashes out and orders Honey to leave. After she’s gone, Ben breaks down, feeling alone.

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Honey advises a worried Callum Highway (Tony Clay) to try to his husband to open up to him but refuses to break Ben’s confidence.

Unaware that she’s keeping his secret, Ben sees them together and lashes out at Honey, only for Billy and Jay to step in.

Lexi insists that Ben must apologise to Honey, and they later go for a coffee.

Honey begs Ben to let Callum in, and it looks like Ben will do so until a difficult conversation with Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) provokes him into purging again.

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However, Callum arrives home early and catches Ben but when Callum tries to talk to him, things go horribly wrong.

Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) is later shocked to find Ben in a terrible state while he punches a bag at the Boxing Den.

She soon discovers why he’s so upset and offers her perspective as a fellow rape survivor.

The Walford favourite warns Ben he’ll destroy himself and everyone he loves if he doesn’t seek help.

Ben reluctantly agrees to try a support group, with Kat accompanying him.

Later, he returns home to a worried Callum, who begs his husband to let him in and share what’s been going on.

Ben and Kat go to the assessment, where he finally starts talking about his mental trauma.

EastEnders continues on Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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