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Recovering Self-Loather And Anorexia Survivor Spreads Self-Love And Acceptance

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Editorial credit: bodyposipanda

Megan Jayne Crabbe, 23, was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when she was 14. Now, nine years later, she has taken on the mission to inspire the world through body positivity.

She weighed an unbelievable 28 kg at the time she was diagnosed and she spent many years binge eating, crash dieting and ballooning up and down in weight.

Since recovering, this ‘recovering self-loather’ has amassed a large online following on her Bodyposipanda website The accompanying social media platforms is where she inspires people on a daily basis to follow her example and change their lives.

In her own words

“It took me 2 years to claw my way out of anorexia,” the body-positive blogger wrote in October 2015. “Two years, one institutionalization, one hospitalization, and countless tears from the family members’ hearts I’d broken along the way. I had chased the holy grail of thin with everything I had, traded in every part of me to end up 65 lbs., barely alive, still worried that people would see my stomach fold as I sat in my hospital bed.”

The road to recovery

After five years of battling anorexia, Crabbe defeated the condition and became an advocate for body-positivity. She uses honest, undoctored images of herself and shares them on social media to spread love and acceptance of one’s own body.

One of the most striking images on her Instagram page is a half-half photo showing us the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Megan Crabbe. It’s a powerful “before and after” photo showing the world the true meaning of body-positive transformation.

“On the left is me 2 1/2 years ago, just before I found body positivity, and on the right is me today. You’ll probably notice the most obvious thing I’ve gained between these two pictures: weight,” Crabbe described the image. “But there are so many other things I’ve gained as well. I’ve gained mental freedom. I’ve gained self-love.”

On the left is me 2 1/2 years ago, just before I found body positivity, and on the right is me today. You’ll probably notice the most obvious thing I’ve gained between these two pictures: weight. But there are so many other things I’ve gained as well. I’ve gained mental freedom. I’ve gained self love. I’ve gained my life back after so many years of believing that I wasn’t worthy of living it because of how my body looked. I know the world wants you to believe that the less you weigh the happier you’ll be. I know I’m supposed to feel ashamed of this transformation. I’m supposed to vow to lose the weight, I’m supposed to spend my life chasing the body on the left and buying into the idea that I’ll be more valuable once I get there. But I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to tell you what I learnt from all those wasted years chasing washboard abs and dropping numbers on the scale: happiness is not a size. Weight loss does not cure self hatred. Mental health matters more than a dress size does. And we are all so worthy of self love exactly as we are. It’s time we took a stand and refused to keep hurting ourselves in the pursuit of a ‘perfect’ body that doesn’t even exist. It’s time for us to realise that we’re already good enough. It’s time for us to take our power back. 💜💙💚🌈🌞

A photo posted by Megan Jayne Crabbe 🐼 (@bodyposipanda) on

Striking a chord

In ten days the post was liked almost 83,000 times and received close to 4,000 comments.

“I know the world wants you to believe that the less you weigh the happier you’ll be. I know I’m supposed to feel ashamed of this transformation,” Crabbe wrote. “I’m supposed to vow to lose the weight, I’m supposed to spend my life chasing the body on the left and buying into the idea that I’ll be more valuable once I get there. But I’m not going to do that.”

Crabbe continuously underlines how body positivity saved her life. She continuously encourages her followers to abandon the search for the ‘perfect’ body: “It’s time we took a stand and refused to keep hurting ourselves in the pursuit of a ‘perfect’ body that doesn’t even exist. It’s time for us to realize that we’re already good enough. It’s time for us to take our power back.”

Check out Crabbe’s Instagram page @bodyposipanda for more of her beautiful posts promoting body-love.

Source:bodyposipanda

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