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Posted By iamincontrol | January 14, 2014
During my teenage years I suffered from self-esteem issues and anorexia. The girls on my volleyball team were extremely mean to me. Growing up I was really athletic and always had more muscle than other girls, so they called me fat. When I was 14, I convinced myself that I looked disgusting and needed to lose a lot of weight. Every time I looked in the mirror I picked out my flaws and thought about how much weight I needed to lose. Eventually the pounds started coming off and I was starting to get skinnier.
However, my self-esteem did not go up. It actually sky rocketed down. I started to get extremely sick and passed out often. I couldn’t participate in the sports I loved because I was so unhealthy. Eventually the school contacted my parents about the passing out episodes, and I had to confront them about my issues. The talk with my parents was very difficult, but I’m glad it happened. I needed a wake up call.
I started going to a nutritionist and a counselor to talk about my problems. My nutritionist helped me find ways to get healthier. Today, I am doing great in school and am extremely healthy. I eat right and exercise daily in order to keep my body regulated. I have to put in extra work to stay healthy because of the damage I put my body through when I had the eating disorder. I now realize that the disorder was not worth the damage and stress it put on my body, but I believe it made me a stronger person. We should not let other people control how we feel about ourselves and be in control of our lives.