She Used To Be Anorexic… Now She’s Inspiring Everyone To Embrace The Beauty Of Curves.
Megan Jayne Crabbe, a twenty-two year old "BODY POSITIVE FEMINIST ED WARRIOR" from the UK, uses her Instagram as a platform to stand against anorexia. Why? In a statement on her official site, Crabbe wrote:
I'm a recovered anorexic, recovered self-loather, trying my best to shatter the 'not good enough' mentality we've all been taught about our bodies. As you'll know if you follow my Instagram, I'm a big fan of belly roll love, exposing diet industry lies, and wearing pastels.
According to NEDA, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Many cases remain unreported. Anorexia, in particular, takes more lives than any other mental illness.
See how much healthier and happier Megan looks in the photos below. She's got that glow!
One day you'll see. The moments of your life that you've missed. The memories that were made to light up your mind with smiles in vivid colour. But instead, they are dull. They were dulled. By a mind that could never truly live in that moment, too consumed by the ever present mirror forcing your reflection to the forefront of your thoughts. You cannot truly live with that mirror, looming over all that you do, and all that you are. One day you'll see, that it was inside you all along - the power to smash the mirror into pieces too small to ever pierce through your self esteem again. One day you'll see, that you could have lived unburdened by lies about your worth residing in your reflection. That you could have laughed with your whole body shaking. That you could have devoured every bite without shame. That you could have lived every moment, for yourself. One day, you will see. And I can't think of a better day than the one you're living right now. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
You can get there. Maybe right now you can't see a way out. Maybe you've been dragged into the depths of self hatred, and you just can't see a way back up. We've all been poisoned by a world that profits from us hating our bodies, and if they had their way we'd be tied down forever. Paying for their impossible idea of perfection with our money, our self esteem, our happiness. But I know that you can break free. Because I did. You just have to believe that you can. You have more strength inside of yourself than you will ever know. You are powerful. Powerful enough to rip off those chains holding you down, and refuse to believe that you aren't good enough any longer. You've spent enough of your life shackled by other people's expectations. It's time to be free, and embrace the beautiful body positive warrior that's been in you all along. If this girl can get there, I know that you can too. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
Can we talk about mental health for a minute? Every single one of us will know someone, or be someone who's struggled with mental illness at some point. And sure, there's a lot of talk about breaking stigma and being more compassionate, but so many of us are still afraid to put ourselves out there and say this: Yes, those things are a part of me, but they are not all of me. #thechristineproject is about embracing our struggles, and knowing our worth beyond them. We are such magical multi-dimensional beings, and we deserve to recognise the wonder in that, in the ups, the downs and everything in between. Check out the unstoppable @thechristinecho and her blog to see more, and please please take part in this wonderful project if you feel like you can! 💜💙💚🌈🌞
This belly roll babe is going on an adventure! Seville ✈ Rome ✈ Paris Holidays completely changed when I found body positivity. No more crash diets before leaving. No more bikini fear. No more fear in general, of doing or wearing anything that might make me look less than perfect to anyone who might be looking at me. I'm not there for them anymore. I'm there for me. And me plans on exploring beautiful places, making one of a kind memories, and eating all the yummy food I can get my hands on! HAND OVER THE CARBS EUROPE! 💜💙💚🌈🌞 #effyourbeautystandards
I'll probably never be a gym bunny. I'll probably never want a salad for dinner. I'll probably never be a UK size 8 again. And now I know, that all of those things are okay. When you stop using exercise to torture your body into weight loss submission, you might just find ways to move that you actually enjoy. Ways that feel good, without pressure, without obligation, moving for the joy of moving. And if not, that's cool too! Exercise is not a requirement for self love, and if you're an ED warrior who has struggled with exercise addiction, like myself, then please don't go back until you're mentally healed. 🌸 As for food, it's not something you have to earn. It's not something you have to burn off. Forget about 'good' and 'bad' foods - what you eat is not a reflection of your moral character. Eat what you want, when you want, and never apologise for it. You deserve to eat, no matter what. Health is not one dimensional. Your mental and emotional wellbeing should be prioritised as well. For some people health is carrot sticks and cross fit. For others it's chocolate cake and catching up with friends. For me, it's yoga in the morning and pizza for dinner. And that's okay. We're all allowed our own definition of health, and of happiness. 💜💙💚🌈🌞