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Every day, Kayla Dyches floats above ground on aerial silks as a circus arts performer. But she almost didn’t make it there. As a gymnast in her late teens and early 20s, she suffered from anorexia. It wasn't until Dyches tried climbing into the air that she realized she had a problem. Now, she's fighting back against the disorder and developing the strength to soar in more ways than one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNzYSl7nZKU  


Kristina Saffran, co-founder of Project Heal, shares her personal story of recovering from an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) in this short film. Kristina Saffran and Recovery Spark believe that full recovery from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder is possible! Kristina is living proof of this.http://www.recoveryspark.com/true-stories-of-recovery-from-an-eating-disorder/


Popular Blogger shows the downsides on having Bulimia. Click here to read and see video:http://www.mamamia.com.au/what-its-like-to-have-bulimia/


Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes profiles Harvard swimmer Schuyler Bailar, who may be the first openly transgender male athlete to compete in a NCAA Division I men's sport. Just two years ago, Schuyler Bailar was one of the fastest high school swimmers in the country -- a champion breaststroker with a stellar academic record who had women's swim coaches from around the Ivy League coming to call. Schuyler's first choice was Harvard, and as luck would have it, the Harvard women's swim team was in need of a breaststroker. Schuyler was offered a spot, and a seemingly perfect match was made. Schuyler had been depressed as a girl and suffered through eating disorders. For further information click link:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-harvard-transgender-swimmer-schuyler-bailar/


A music video created to promote awareness for eating disorders. Through my interaction with anorexia victims, I have learned of a common infatuation with the art of Japanese Manga (which some claim promotes ED). These days, when kids as young as 6-7 are being diagnosed with eating disorders, I see animation as a tool for bringing this difficult subject forward in a relatable way on one hand, yet a non sugar-coated, non apologetic manner on the other, while using the same art form they adore, in a productive way. The follow-up video 'Ana - Behind the scenes' reveals my own personal story, having gone through Anorexia, Bulimia, Exercise Bulimia, IBS, and more. Ana:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgHg8SZ57FY&list=PLKqiXs53lTA877L0sdEAd3SwN3pcLZ6CN


People React To Being Called Beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW8BDgLpZkI&sns=em



Elizabeth Panos video shares her heartfelt and inspiring story. She filmed her journey of recovery from an eating disorder and depression. To watch the video, visit the following link.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwIS7frFSsY&feature=youtu.be


Middle School Girls Create Award-Winning Film About Disordered Eating. The school assignment: Create a public service announcement on the subject of your choosing. Two 13-year-old 7th-grade girls chose to tackle eating disorders, and their short film ended up resonating — not just with their peers, but with their teacher. The short produced and directed by Olivia Maloney and Cameron Dreyer, "You Are Beautiful," has very little dialogue. It follows a young girl, "Abbey," as she struggles with food and body image. When Olivia and Cameron were interviewed on the local news in Denver, they told the reporter it was their first time making a film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1oNeLhg_uI.  It is so much better than the professional Elle Fanning Short film, "Likeness" about eating disorders going around which seems to glorify eating disorders while trying to raise awareness. (You will have to Google that film if you are interested.)


Girl Instagrams Her Journey From Anorexic to Fitness Role Model. Read more at the following link:http://mashable.com/2014/01/03/watch-one-girl-instagram-her-journey-from-anorexia-to-fitness-inspiration/



A Cambridge University medical student has become a YouTube sensation after uploading a series of videos in which he relates his struggle to overcome anorexia. Simon Metin, 20, first picked up a camera to help raise awareness of the ignored plight of males suffering the illness, and was stunned when within minutes of being uploaded the first film had been viewed 1,000 times. In the videos he tells how only five years ago he weighed four stone (25.4kg) and was given months to live by medics, but battled back and now the 5ft 10ins (1.77m) Simon weighs a healthy 10st 3Ib (64.8kg). Simon said: "My inbox is full of emails from young men fighting battles with food. Anorexia is still thought of as a young woman's disease. But now, with so much emphasis on diet, fitness and six-packs, it's increasingly affecting young men."http://www.youtube.com/user/smetin92 



Defining Me

My name is Melanie Aldis, and I am a Regional Director of Business Development. Are you wondering why someone who works in Marketing is writing an article? Am I qualified?

Well, I am also recovered from an eating disorder. I had an eating disorder for ten years, from the age of thirteen to twenty-three. I am now twenty-nine years old. Unfortunately, I don’t have much memory of those ten years, only bits and pieces. What I do remember is that I felt inadequate at a very young age. I never felt like I was the skinniest, prettiest, smartest or most popular, I thought I was just plain old average or less than and that wasn’t good enough for me. I don’t remember how or when my eating disorder started, but I know that underneath it all I had pure self-hatred. Eventually my eating disorder became my entire identity and that is when my process of self-discovery came to a halt. I thought, as author of Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer, would put it, that “Ed” would help me find the answer to true happiness and success in life. As you all know, the excitement and glamour of the eating disorder does not last forever. My life was consumed with food, insecurities and my outward appearance. While other kids were learning what their favorite sports or colors were, I had my head in a toilet.

After ten years of slow suicide, my esophagus was eroding; I had heart burn all the time and my heart would randomly beat irregularly throughout the day. What kind of existence is that? I discovered that I wasn’t invincible and that if I didn’t do something, I was going to die. I wasn’t ready to leave this world. I didn’t know what my purpose in life was, but for some reason I knew I had to keep holding on. I was finally ready to fully commit to recovering from my eating disorder.

After ten years, my relationships with my boyfriend, friends and family had deteriorated. At this point, I could not stop on my own, but I knew that didn’t make me a failure. What I needed was to be in an environment that could save me from myself. I needed to be surrounded by people who cared about my life because I didn’t. I checked myself into an inpatient facility. During that time, I was the “perfect” patient. I was an inspiration to all and the one who would reach out and become a role model for the other patients. At the same time, I was screaming and yelling at my mother in the middle of the night telling her that they were the enemy and that I was just trying to survive their evil plan to make me “fat”. Not surprisingly, I ended up signing myself out after 30 days. At the time, I thought that I was the expert in what I should weigh, and that they were just out to turn me into a hideous beast. When I got out, I thought that those 30 days had reversed the 10 torturous years with an eating disorder. It hadn’t. I thought that my little time of freedom from “Ed” gave me another identity, which I defined as “perfect recovery.” The thing is perfection never lasts. I have now learned I am imperfectly perfect and that is what makes me Melanie Aldis.

Does this story sound devastating or what? Guess what. It isn’t. I am a smart, funny, beautiful successful woman who has fully recovered from an eating disorder. I am now a representative of one of the most incredible programs I have ever seen. I work for them not because I need this job but because I chose a passion in life instead of choosing to die.

When I was really sick, I was inspired to keep hanging on because I knew that I never wanted another girl to go through what I had been through. I didn’t want anyone to experience the feeling of loneliness and helplessness because it is terrifying. Knowing this is what kept me going through my very long and challenging recovery process. My ultimate dream was to help others who were living through what I had lived. After really, really, really, really hard work on myself (and I mean every really), I now have the opportunity to work in this healing profession.

I thank God everyday for letting me be a part of something so pure and sincere. I hope that people struggling with eating disorders have a reliable and caring person or people in their lives to hold on to their desire to live until they can do it themselves. I was lucky enough to have that, but I don’t believe that is the only way out. If you are currently struggling with an eating disorder, look within your heart to find out why you haven’t let “Ed” completely take over. There is a reason. Want to know what it is…you do want to live and you DESERVE to live, so hold on to those little daily miracles that keep you alive and use it as inspiration to reach out for help. I know you feel alone and scared, but I promise the moment you ask for help something beautiful will happen.

With love from my heart and my soul,

Melanie Aldis
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