The pressure to be thin affected me while I was younger, but never became a full-blown obsession until I was an adult and was pregnant with my son. No one had ever talked with me about the changes in our bodies, and diet culture is very open with how “losing the baby weight” is a must. As a young adult in her early 20’s, losing the baby weight didn’t happen as quickly as I had imagined.
This is where we are missing the boat, instead of openly praising young ladies and shedding light on all of the amazing things our bodies can do, our culture offers diets to ‘fix’ them as soon as possible.
By the time I was 23, I had developed Anorexia which eventually turned into Bulimia. A battle that lasted 8 years. Through the help of an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach and the inner strength, I found through recovery, I was able to completely recover from both! Now an adult in her early 30’s, I have a whole new respect for my body and self.
Our bodies are so much more than a size or shape. Our bodies can do amazing things!
Recovering from an eating disorder in our culture is hard but the freedom you experience after is unexplainable! If you are a young mom struggling with food and body, ask for help! I promise it will be one of the greatest decisions you will ever make!