Anorexics Anonymous members are often criticised for their extreme body image.
And many claim that their obsession with thinness and beauty has led to their being ostracised by society.
But for one young British girl, the beauty she saw in her peers was far more than anorectics.
Anorexia Anonymous founder and UK chapter head Amanda Burden recently posted on Instagram about her struggle to achieve the ideal body she believed in.
The post has since gone viral with nearly 7,000 likes.
Burden, 23, says that her body had been a struggle growing up.
She told ABC News that she was bullied by classmates for her shape.
“One time I was walking through a park and a boy was standing on the side of the road.
He was sitting there looking at me and he started talking about how I looked, and I realised that he didn’t think I was a woman,” she said.
“And I thought, well that’s what it is, right?
That’s the way I am.”
When she got older, Amanda’s body started to get more and more “normal”.
“I started getting more into the girls’ club, going to school, going out, and then I had to get rid of my hair and start wearing makeup,” she explained.
She was told that her shape was a result of being overweight, and the pressure she felt was too much to bear.
After the bullying, Amanda started to have “realisation” that her own weight was the problem.
“It’s a very strong feeling, and it’s a huge, huge thing, and a big thing I can’t express in words, and so I started to realise that the weight was part of who I was,” she added.
In February, Amanda launched her own charity, which aims to help those with anorexyatic disorders, and she has since shared her experience to the UK chapter of the organisation.
It is hoped that by sharing her story, Amanda will help other people with anosmia understand the importance of eating healthy, getting treatment, and getting their body right.
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“Anorexicism is a very complicated condition, and we all have different stories,” Amanda told ABC.
Amanda, who has since moved to London, hopes that by raising awareness of the condition and encouraging other people to see themselves as beautiful, healthy people, she will help people to live life more authentically. “
The people that are most at risk for anorectic problems are often young, and they are also the most at-risk of having anoretic symptoms,” she continued.
Amanda, who has since moved to London, hopes that by raising awareness of the condition and encouraging other people to see themselves as beautiful, healthy people, she will help people to live life more authentically.
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