Health & Fitness My Story: I Am An Eating Disorder Survivor

07:20  13 february  2018
07:20  13 february  2018 Source:   Huffington Post UK

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My name is Hope Virgo and I am 26 years old. To those looking at me they will know me as bubbly, a healthy eater, very chatty and a good runner. Eating disorders aren’t about what weight you are or how thin you get but they are about how you feel in your mind.

Recovering from Bulimia has made me who I am and still influences how I think about food. Have you had to overcome an eating disorder ? My disorder : Bulimia. And when her mirror tells a different story than her Instagram feed…the struggle continues.

a man looking at the camera © Alexey_M via Getty Images My name is Hope Virgo and I am 26 years old. To those looking at me they will know me as bubbly, a healthy eater, very chatty and a good runner. But those who know me better will know who I really am… a girl in recovery from anorexia. A girl who still occasionally has to battle with her mental health, someone who has restaurants that she struggles in and someone who has at times got so close to giving up on life altogether. Those round me who know me best know that at times I walk in to a restaurant and panic about the food, I look down at the food frantically adding the calories up on my plate. Someone who occasionally needs a pat on the back when I have achieved what to me seems like the unimaginable. Most people don’t see this internal battle and if I am honest I like it that way. But having a mental health problem does not make me weak.

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My name is Hope Virgo and I am 26 years old. To those looking at me they will fathom me as bubbly, a healthy eater, true chatty and a fantastic runner. Eating disorders aren’t about what weight you are or how thin you get but they are about how you consider in your mind.

I have never found it easy to share my story about my Anorexia. I struggle with people knowing too much about me , and am always afraid of Worried that they would see me as weak, worried that they would think I couldn’t do a good job, worried that I didn’t actually look like I had had an eating disorder .

I was diagnosed with anorexia when I was 16 years old having lived with it since I was about 13! Throughout my teens I thought she was everything! I thought she was my best friend and the one person who understood me properly. But she wasn’t! She lied to me and the self-worth she gave me didn’t last long.

  My Story: I Am An Eating Disorder Survivor © Provided by Getty I know that recovery is hard work and you might think it isn’t worth it, that at times giving up is easier, but trust me when I say it isn’t! Being well is 100% worth fighting for. I was 17 years old and having to relearn how to eat! Relearn that putting milk in my cereal was normal or that running on the spot secretly for hours after meals is silly. And seriously what is the point of letting calories, controlling food, consume you?

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However those that know me higher will know who I actually am … a woman in restoration from anorexia. I used to be 17 years outdated and having to relearn the best way to eat ! I lately wrote a guide about my experiences, Stand Tall Little Lady, which tells the entire story of my restoration from

Andrea Roe is an eating disorder survivor , advocate and author. I ’m so thrilled to present my interview with Andrea below. And now that I am healthy, it is my passion to reach out, share my story , support others in their healing journey, and most importantly, spread the message of HOPE

After a year in hospital that literally saved my life, I have not given up the fight. I know my triggers, my reasons for staying well and I keep talking. I used to hate talking about how I felt and I used to hate feeling any sort of emotion but now I know it’s okay to not always feeling fine. And on days when I feel like this I talk. It’s hard at first but you should give it a go!

  My Story: I Am An Eating Disorder Survivor © Provided by Getty Now aged 26 (nearly 27!) I have been out of hospital for over 8 years and I have managed my recovery. I recently wrote a book about my experiences, Stand Tall Little Girl, which tells the whole story of my recovery from anorexia. At times when I was writing it I felt like a fake, or like I wasn’t an expert but I realised I shouldn’t feel like this. Eating disorders aren’t about what weight you are or how thin you get but they are about how you feel in your mind. Don’t feel like a failure for fighting your anorexia but feel empowered and proud of yourself for not letting her win.

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My story begins at age 4. I was extremely underweight for my height and age; however, my grandmother told I had “arms like ham” and was “getting chubby.” I am a survivor . I have more early memories of my eating disorder than I do of my siblings and family and school.

[Those] stories deserve to be explored." Lily HermanJun 28, 2017 10:42 AM EDT. Facebook. Below, eating disorder survivors explain their thoughts on To The Bone after watching the trailer, as well as what they hope to see from the film once it's released on July 14.

Every time I feel like befriending anorexia again, every time I think I would be better off dead and every time I feel like I have failed those round me something stops me giving up. And I am so proud to stand here and tell you that I won’t ever give up fighting.

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