Rachel had always been thin, but lately she was feeling the pressure to be even thinner.
Her friends were always trying to emulate the models and celebrities splashed across the fashion magazines, and sure enough, Rachel became self-conscious that her physique just didn’t measure up. The pressure mounted, and soon she was feeling altogether overwhelmed.
With her prom fast approaching, Rachel knew that she wanted to wear a short, sequined dress that she had seen in a magazine. But she was worried that she would lack the confidence to wear something revealing. Her fears not withstanding, she was determined that on her special day, she would look like the models she admired.
Rachel knew that she needed to lose weight quickly, and she thought the best idea was to stop eating altogether. When her hunger became unbearable, Rachel restricted her food intake dramatically. She became fixated with what she ate and counting calories.
Her obsession grew to the point where Rachel stopped going out for dinner with friends because she was too concerned that she would consume too much, or that her friends would notice that she wasn’t eating.
Trying to Reach Out
Soon, it was impossible for Rachel’s parents to overlook her sudden and extreme weight loss and obsessive behavior around food. They decided to talk to their daughter about their concerns.
When first approached, Rachel didn’t believe she had a problem let alone that she was anorexic.
But her parents were adamant; she needed to seek professional support.
Getting Back on Track
After a few months, and with help from a doctor, Rachel came to appreciate that obsessing over food had taken over her life. She was finally willing to accept help.
She went to weekly meetings with a therapist and dietitian to discuss healthy eating habits and learn how to recover from her battle with anorexia.
More than 500,000 women will be affected by an eating disorder in their lifetime in Canada, with approximately 90,000 of these individuals living in the GTA.
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