Mental illness and body image are two topics of extreme relevance to me, and I feel as though it is extremely important to be open and vulnerable in order to communicate the reality of both topics.

The development of my eating disorder began when I was in grade 11. I have always been active and interested in nutrition and healthy eating, but over time food and exercise became a means for me to exhibit rigid control over my mind and body. I refused to consume over 700 calories a day at my lowest point (the daily recommendation is minimum 1200) and was running for at least 60 minutes every day after school, on top of attending rugby practice four days a week. I am 5’9, and prior to developing an eating disorder, I weighed approximately 160 pounds. I weighed approximately 115 pounds at my lowest.

Practicing regrowth and physical and mental healing.

After seeking professional help and being diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, I would love to say that today I am completely satisfied and confident with my body, however, I am not.

I want to share my experiences with mental illness and body image issues. A 2002 survey revealed 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15–24 years struggle with an eating disorder, therefore I do not believe it is something to be ashamed of or to live in fear of. It is something that many individuals can relate to, and I think being able to converse with someone who has gone through a similar experience is one of the best ways to come to terms with the fact that resolution needs to be sought.

Eating disorder discussion can be difficult, but it does not have to be done alone. This blog aims to provide a helpful resource to any person struggling, and to further demonstrate that communication and education regarding mental illness are key.

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59 thoughts on “Why Blog About Eating Disorders?

  1. Megan says:

    Lauren,

    This was a very vulnerable and beautiful post. I appreciated gaining an insight into what you’ve gone through in the past. You had told me previously that you struggled with anorexia when you were younger but never got into much detail. I’m proud to call you a friend and even more proud of you for opening up your story to the world to inspire others. Love you!

    Megan

    1. larva1 says:

      <3 <3 <3

  2. Milana says:

    Lauren,
    I am impressed by the challenges you’d overcome and I think it’s very hard to reveal personal information. That’s a very important topic to talk about, as so many people experience it and afraid to admit. Great job!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thanks so much Milana. 🙂

  3. Anastasia says:

    Hey Lauren, I’m really impressed with the topic you chose. It really is about time we start opening up and talking about these important topics that society typically keeps very hush hush. To see you be vulnerable about such a serious topic is very refreshing and inspiring. As someone who as also struggled with self image and self acceptance, I’m looking forward to continue reading your blog!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thanks so much Anastasia! <3

  4. Mark says:

    Lauren! I love you unconditionally! All the challenges you’ve overcome is inspiring and it takes a lot of guts to write on this topic, but you’ve done it so beautifully. Body image affects everyone, and your blog is definitely going to inspire a lot of people

    1. larva1 says:

      Mark! I love you, too!! Thank you so much, friend.

  5. Rachel says:

    Lauren, it takes a lot to be so vulnerable and open about a topic that is so close to home for you. When reading this, I feel comforted that you are opening yourself up to individuals that are going through similar issues and providing an outlet for them. This is a topic that I feel needs to be explored and one that is reaching the light as dialogues about mental health and body image are finally coming to fruition in the online community. I am empowered reading this. I look forward to seeing your journey.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Rach!

  6. Sarah Krzysik says:

    You is kind. You is smart. You is important. And your blog is beautiful. Extremely brave of you to share your personal story about something so serious and meaningful. I think its something that should be shared and talked about to help fight the stigma. Your blog is gonna have a huge impact on those who read it and provide a lot of reflection on mental illness. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us Lauren.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thanks so much, Sar!

  7. Dylan says:

    I would never have guessed that you went through this Lauren. A very bold and personal topic that even someone who hasn’t been affected can appreciate and be moved by your story, and those who have can find solace in your strength.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thanks so much, Dylan. 🙂

  8. Lauren,
    It is so brave and bold of you to share your story, It takes massive guts to do so.
    The thing I like the most about it is, how much it will help people, encourage them to speak up and discuss it.
    Eagerly awaiting your future posts.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Shivang!

  9. Brittany Ditizio says:

    Lauren,

    After reading your first blog post devoted to something so fragile and important, I am even more proud to call you my friend. You are a fantastic writer and I know that this blog will inspire others who have gone through similar challenges and even shed light on this topic for those who haven’t. I’m excited to watch this blog flourish and I can’t wait to see the amazing things you’ll do in the future.

    Brittany

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, friend. <3

  10. Alyssa Toth says:

    Lauren,
    This post is amazing. Honestly, it makes me excited to read all of the rest of the posts that you’ll have!
    Sitting next to you on that first day of class, I never would have imagined that you had gone through something like this and to share it with all of us, really shows how strong of a woman you are!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Alyssa! 🙂

  11. Alexandra Knight says:

    Lauren,
    I can’t wait to read more about your journey. You’re an amazing writer and I feel so honoured to be friends with someone so strong and honest about mental illness. I’m so proud of you Lauren!!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Alex! <3

  12. Yana Lyahovesky says:

    Hi Lauren, I am really proud of you that you were able to overcome the health issues that you had before. And the thing that is surprising even more that you can admit about the mental disorder. You are a very brave person! Keep it on!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Yana!!!

  13. Ianina Surelo says:

    You are a very strong person! There are a lot of people who will find help and support in your blog. Keep writing and maybe your blog even help to change someone’s life for a better. I’m looking forward to your new posts.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much!

  14. Abony says:

    You are such an amazing writer Lauren, and I appreciate your guts to share your personal experience. Waiting for your other posts!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  15. Vladimir says:

    It’s a sincere post Lauren, thank you for sharing and being so open. I’ve never heard much about this disorder, waiting for your next posts to learn more.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Vladimir!

  16. Bryanna Middleton says:

    Lauren – MY HEART!!

    You are such a strong and absolutely amazing person. I am so proud to be able to call you my friend! I believe that it’s so important to share stories like yours and shed light on a topic so previously hidden. I can’t wait to read and learn more from you.

    Bryanna

    1. larva1 says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  17. Alex Godin says:

    I have so much respect for you writing your blog on this difficult topic Lauren, you’re right in saying that it is so important to talk about. You are so strong and inspiring, I truly believe your blog will help others dealing with similar struggles. I am eager to read your future posts and learn about your beautiful story.

    -Alex

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Alex!

  18. Lauren, your courage in sharing your story is exactly what we need more of in this world. Your vulnerability gives the rest of us permission to do the same. You’re so right that it’s a difficult thing to do, but I’m so inspired by the strength you’ve shown by doing so. Thank you, and I am looking forward to continue reading your blog 🙂 Warmly, Julia

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Julia! ❤️

  19. Oleksandr Sikorskyi says:

    Lauren, you are very brave to write this topic. It will be an interesting blog which I want to follow. I am waiting for your future posts.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you!!

  20. Dana says:

    Lauren,
    You are so strong to share your story about such a difficult topic. You are inspiring to myself and others to face their struggles and over come them. I look forward to reading more of your journey!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Dana! ❤️

  21. Will says:

    I believe your strength to share your stories and experiences on this topic could inspire others to be strong enough to combat their illness and make the changes necessary to better their own lives. Good for you!

    All the best – Will

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Will!

  22. Corrie says:

    Takes courage to share a weakness, Lauren. Great job on bringing awareness to this issue. I hope this blog helps many men and women who suffer in silence, to get help.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Corrie!

  23. Sowmya says:

    Lauren, I know you are an excellent writer, I appreciate you for the courage you have shown to share your personal experience with others. I believe that it will be an inspiration to many and looking forward to read coming blogs!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Sowmya!

  24. Domenic says:

    By opening up about things like this, you make it easier for others to do so. Amazing job Larva!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thanks, Dom!!

  25. Juliet Camus says:

    I truly believe that writing on this topic is something that will benefit so many people. Thank you for allowing yourself to be so open, and willing to take us with you on this journey. From this first post, I can tell that you are handling this topic very well. It is beautifully written and you have a powerful voice.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Juliet!

  26. Melanie says:

    Hi Lauren,

    This was a great read and it’s beautiful how far you have come. Definitely bookmarked!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Melanie!

  27. Emily Weaver says:

    Lauren, your first two posts are extremely powerful. Your compassion and bravery shine through on your first couple posts already. I applaud your bravery for the vulnerability on a topic that not many want to talk about but many suffer from. Mental health is something I am extremely passionate about and it is something that only gets better with the more discussion we have in society. We need more people like you telling their story and showing their support to others, along with all the support you received going through your journey. I cannot wait to follow your journey through your blog this semester!

  28. Brandon says:

    Hey Lauren,

    I think you have provided a very interesting view on things. I had no idea that you had to go through all of this, but I’m happy to see you’re in a better point. I thought your writing was very powerful and provided an insightful point of view on eating disorders.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Brandon!

  29. Lily says:

    Lauren, this topic is very important to me personally as I have struggled with an eating disorder when I was a teenager. I had bulimia for 2 years. The recovery was a long journey and I feel that talking about it is a crucial part of that journey. I feel like the topic of your blog is actually very helpful.
    Thank you!

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you so much, Lily! Thank you for sharing your own experiences with me.

  30. Koji says:

    You’re an amazing person having the courage and strength to face the challenges. The blog you’re making is sure to help a lot of people.

    1. larva1 says:

      Thank you, Koji!

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