Eating Disorders are hard to see on the outside, and often stay hidden for a lifetime. Female athletes are one of many populations heavily affected by eating disorders. External and internal pressures cause the fine line between self-control and obsession to be often unknowingly crossed.
“You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won't discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself."
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