It's Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and to mark it's passing, celebrities and influencers alike have been bravely sharing their stories of struggling with food, body image and disordered thinking.
Irish model, influencer and healthy living advocate Roz Purcell has taken to Instagram to share a message of support for her followers struggling with how their view their bodies, and detailed her own story of disordered eating. Roz added a side by side image of her figure a number of years ago, alongside an image of her now.
'The girl on the left looked at her body as something that was purely for show never once did I think how well my body held all my organs in place or was in anyway grateful for my health,' she wrote in the caption.
'I resented it, I punished it, binged, threw up, purged, on repeat, while pretending everything was fine. I used to always just think this was me, this was just how I would always be towards my body and food……but thankfully that's just not true.'
'I feel sad looking back, I wasted so many years putting myself down, missing opportunities and worst of all not being me around my friends and family.'
Roz opened up further to her followers, saying that she sought therapy in order to regain a sense of autonomy over her body.
'Reaching out for help through therapy, it made me realise how lucky I was and how important it was for me to change and start being me again.'
'And I hope this week has brought some awareness and help to those who need it. I wish I could go back and talk to my younger self sometimes, but I can't & I guess that's why it's good to talk about it now so maybe even one person will go ask for help.'
We're certain that Roz's honesty with her following will help spo ,many people out there who are struggling.
If you or someone you know is having difficulty with and eating disorder, contact BodyWhys as Roz reccommends, on 1890200444.