Like a lot of women, Jasmin Underwood, 29, of Melbourne, Australia, worried about her weight and her appearance.
She worried about how she looked in a bikini and took precautions to ensure that she had the “perfect” look. After all, watching your weight is healthy, right?
Well, not when it starts to consume your whole life. And that’s what started happening to Underwood.
While she was praised for looking fit, beautiful, and healthy on the outside, she was crumbling on the inside. Underwood was skipping meals, making herself throw up, and spending her days in mental and emotional agony, all for the sake of her appearance.
And that’s no way to live.
“For over eight years, there have been a vast array of varying states of hell I have resided in,” she wrote on Facebook recently, “commonly referred to as: bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and eventually depression.”
Eating disorders plague up to 8 percent of women in developed countries, and about 0.8 percent of men. There are many factors that lead to these mental disorders, and both medical professionals and society at large are still figuring out what drives these dangerous (and even deadly) disorders.
Many people blame the unfair and unrealistic beauty standards women get bombarded with from an early age, coupled with the intense pressure to excel and the stresses women face every day.
For Underwood, her eating disorders nearly proved to be just that. While at her lowest, she even contemplated taking her own life.
Luckily, she got the help she needed, and today, she’s finally at ease in her own body. She also now has a powerful message to send to women everywhere.
[H/T: Daily Mail]