She beat an eating disorder and now loves her curves

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In celebration of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at the end of February, Miles posted photos and a message to her followers, encouraging them to be happy with their bodies.

(CNN) — In 2011, Brittany Miles considered food to be her enemy.

Having been tormented by schoolmates for being overweight since she was 7, she decided to fight back the only way she knew how.

At the beginning of her senior year of high school, at a size 18, Miles began compulsively dieting and exercising. By the time she started college the following year, she was down to a size 4 and was obsessed with losing weight.

“Our society and my peers told me that I wasn’t loveable when I was fat. That when I was fat, I couldn’t be anything else,” said Miles, now a senior and a biology major at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. “So, I was determined to be the farthest thing from fat possible.”

She began what she called a war against calories, and it quickly spiraled out of control. She limited herself to 400 to 600 calories and did 90 minutes of intense cardio daily. Yet at her lightest, Miles never dropped below a size 4.

“Just because my bone structure stopped me from being the size 00 everyone pictures, doesn’t mean that I wasn’t in an incredibly unsafe and unhealthy place,” she said.

Although she was 15 pounds underweight, no one caught onto her habits because they were too busy praising her for her weight loss.

“We constantly push people to lose weight, but sometimes that’s not right for everyone,” Miles said.

In the United States, some 20 million women and another 10 million men suffer from a clinical eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. Many people also struggle with some form of body dissatisfaction or unhealthy eating behaviors that can lead to the development of clinical disorders. Studies suggest half a million teens are suffering from eating disorders, and that their concerns about weight begin as young as 6.

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  • Steph

    Good for her that she is accepting herself the way she is & not what society thinks she should be. To many girls abuse themselves to be what the media say is ideal or perfect.

  • brittney

    So proud of her! She and I have pretty much identical stories. I know how hard it is. If I had never become pregnant with my oldest child i dont know that i would have beat my anorexia. I hope her story inspires others tovdo the same!

  • Wake Up

    Some people can’t be small but at her agree she could lose that by not eating trash. She slaps the sugar and starch down three plus meals a day

  • Star

    You are so right by saying that you beat your eating disorder. You are the winner and the disorder is the loser! There are many people of all ages under this situation and in denial. Eating disorders kill. When your body cannot take anymore it will start shutting down little by little. Unfortunately everybody around the victim of an eating disorder knows that something is wrong, they can see the changes and can see how unhealthy the person is. Please do not be afraid to talk to a friend that has an eating disorder. Walking away, talking behind the person’s back and trying to ignore the behavior is the wrong thing to do. They are crying out for help but do not know how to ask for help or are in denial. Some signs to look for besides unhealthy weight; going to the bathroom after eating, mood swings, lack of hygiene, obsession with certain food and exercise etc. too many to mention. The best is to go and get help and save your friend’s life. The person with the eating disorder is hurting itself and everybody around him or her. This is very real and very dangerous. Thank you for opening up this topic and I hope that there are more awareness campaigns on the topic. I think that we are not doing enough!

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