Hi - Ashley here.
How did I get here?
I guess I’ve always been a friendly, outgoing person. People tell me that I’m smart and talented - but I do think a lot about the mistakes I’ve made. And even though my grades in school are good, I still think I should be doing better.
There are also a lot of things I don’t like about the way I look. I wish I had longer legs and a smaller waist. This past summer, I was really active and lost some weight. People started telling me how good I looked and I just thought that if I could lose enough weight, I would start feeling better about myself.
When school started up again, I starting eating less to keep off the weight that I'd lost.
When my mom asks what I’ve eaten during the day, I usually just lie to get her to stop bugging me about having to eat more. She just doesn’t understand how hard it is for me to stay thin.
I would look through new diets and try to decide which one to go on next so I can lose more weight. If I find the right diet, maybe one day I can look just like those models in the magazines.
My friends say they worry that I spend too much time trying new diets, but I don't see the big deal.
It can start as a desire to lose a few pounds.
It can start as a way to have some control in our lives.
It can start as a way of dealing with issues we don’t want to face, or don’t know how to face.
It can start as a way to be more popular, or feel more accepted by our peers.
It can be another goal in striving for perfection.
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