A teen’s mental health can be fragile, especially when you are constantly bombarded with media images of Photoshopped bodies and unrealistic beauty standards. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, approximately eight million people in America suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or another eating disorder. These are some grave statistics, and this epidemic affects the entire world.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, approximately eight million people in America suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or another eating disorder. These are some grave statistics, and this epidemic affects the entire world.
A 25-year-old woman named Aroosha Nekonam from Scotland lived with anorexia for a total of seven years, but today she is a survivor and an advocate for strength. You won’t believe her transformation!
She’s Struggled With The Disorder In Her Teen Years
Nekonam was always physically active, but when she was in her mid-teens it turned into an unhealthy obsession. It began with excessive exercise, and soon, she began to drastically cut her food portions. Her weight began to plummet.
The law student explains that once the eating disorder took over, it was a downward spiral.
“I used it as a sort of punishment because there were things going on in my personal life I couldn’t handle,” she explains. “This was my way of getting some kind of control,” she admitted.
Within five years, her situation turned deadly. Nekonam was so frail that she couldn’t even lie in bed without being in pain. Her heart could stop beating at any moment. These realizations encouraged her to turn her life around.
The Road To Recovery Was Anything But Easy
It took over two more years for Nekonam to regain control of her eating. She soon managed to add back the weight that she’d lost.
“I was in a state of shock that I’d done that to myself. I worked with my psychiatrist and dietician to build up my weight gradually and, as my body grew stronger, so did my mind,” she stated.
While in recovery, she took an interest in bodybuilding, and it made an immense impact on her self-esteem and relationship with her body.
“During recovery, I was on social media a lot and I came across so many female bodybuilders,” she said. “I was in awe of how strong they were, but still feminine.”
Looking Stronger Than Ever
Nekonam admits that some days are easier than others, but she never intends on treating her body so poorly again: “I will never take myself or my body for granted again.”
The 25-year-old has garnered a massive Instagram and YouTube following thanks to her inspirational and stunning transformation. Her advice for others dealing with an eating disorder? Don’t suffer in silence.
“Silence will be your biggest enemy, so surround yourself with support and love,” she says. “You don’t have to go through it alone.”