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Jan 14

Mean Girls: My Anorexia Story

Posted By iamincontrol | January 14, 2014

Bullied teenage girl
By Samantha

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.

If you feel like you might have an eating disorder, there is help.  Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website, call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237 or chat with their helpline.

Read more IAMincontrol stories about overcoming an eating disorder:
Overcoming an Eating Disorder
Anorexia: My Path to Recovery
Helping a Bulimic Friend