A 22-year-old English woman is on a mission to use her struggle and recovery from anorexia to inspire others to love their bodies.
After being diagnosed with anorexia at 14 and reaching her lowest weight of 65 lbs., Megan Jayne was institutionalized and hospitalized for the disease. But after being “weight restored,” Jayne says she still wasn’t recovered.
“I tripled my body weight in a year, and was thrown right back into a world of diet talk and airbrushed ideals, in a newly chubby body that I was disgusted with,” she writes on her body positivity website. “My weight never relapsed back down to dangerously low, but my mind never truly recovered.”
Jayne says it took stumbling across women on Instagram in “every shape and size unapologetically loving themselves” to shake her from her obsession over being thin.
“Slowly, reluctantly, something dawned on me: I just could not live the rest of my life hating myself. I didn’t want to diet forever,” she writes. “I didn’t want to be brainwashed by the medias unattainable ‘ideal body’ lies any longer. Deep down I knew that thinness would never actually equate to happiness, despite what we’re taught.”
Now the self-proclaimed “fan of belly roll love” uses her website and Instagram to show off her curves and set an example for others who may be struggling with body image.
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“You’ve spent enough of your life shackled by other people’s expectations,” she captioned a photo contrasting her weight before and after her recovery. “It’s time to be free, and embrace the beautiful body positive warrior that’s been in you all along. If this girl can get there, I know that you can too.”