“After having been through quite a few rough patches and typical teenage drama, I suffered from low self-esteem and in some way and form, Body Dysmorphia.
I developed a fear of eating three whole meals a day and started avoiding food as much as I could manage when I was 16-17 years old. I lost a considerable amount of weight, and little did I know then that it would have side effects such as rashes and deficiencies, which didn’t do me any good. I became sadder, low on energy, dull and short-tempered.
When I turned 18, I decided that I had enough of it, and needed to change my attitude towards food and how I look, and develop a healthy relationship with food. I gained my self-confidence back, started working out and started loving food all over again!
I have come to learn (perhaps the hard way) that self-love is accepting that the body you were given is enough and taking care of it isn't the same thing as obsessively manipulating it. Your best weight is whatever weight you reach when you're living your healthiest life you actually enjoy.
While accepting and loving my body is still something I constantly work on, I do appreciate it and am grateful for everything amazing it can do.”