The Story of Megan Jayne and how her battle with an eating disorder gives us hope

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Megan Jayne Crabbe has a deep history with Anorexia that dates back to the time when she was just five years old. According to her, she continuously compared herself to her classmates who were thinner than she was which led her to believe that her classmates were prettier.

Pop and entertainment culture at that time did not help her cause either as she was continuously shown all these thin popstars and actresses who were idolized as perfect representations of beauty which lead her to believe that if she is to be beautiful, then she needs to have a body like theirs, one that is thin, leading to her developing Anorexia.

 

Dear Readers, 

Please find below a very motivating article on how Megan Jayne battled her Eating Disorder. We’ve added a video link to her video interview with Russel Brand and we’ve also added some key points we pick from Megan’s interview. Thank you to tjamesc for this wonderful contribution.

 

 

The Story of Megan Jayne and how her battle with an eating disorder gives us hope

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In a nutshell, eating disorders are illnesses that are dominated by irregular eating habits stemming from various psychological, cultural, physiological issues where one does not want to eat due firstly due to the fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin. Medically, such eating disorders are referred to as Anorexia, Bulimia, EDNOS and BED and in most cases; they lead people to see themselves as overweight even in situations where the opposite of that is true.

Now Enter Megan

Megan’s History

Megan Jayne Crabbe has a deep history with Anorexia that dates back to the time when she was just five years old. According to her, she continuously compared herself to her classmates who were thinner than she was which led her to believe that her classmates were prettier.

Pop and entertainment culture at that time did not help her cause either as she was continuously shown all these thin popstars and actresses who were idolized as perfect representations of beauty which lead her to believe that if she is to be beautiful, then she needs to have a body like theirs, one that is thin, leading to her developing Anorexia.

Although the triggers of Anorexia Nervosa started showing up at the age of five, Megan was not diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa until the age of 14. At one point, the condition became so dire that she had to be tube fed in hospital, as she weighed only 65lbs. For two years, she had to visit the hospital regularly so that she can be helped with her condition, which worked for some time. When she finally started eating regularly, she developed another condition, this time it was a binge-eating disorder.

This binge eating disorder, according to her, affecting her life more than the anorexia. Megan mentioned that during this period, her body weight tripled which resulted in her hating her body even more. After that, Megan was stuck in a vicious cycle of anorexia and binge it which persisted for years affecting her life as she now believed that her only life purpose was losing weight.

Journey to recovery

 

On an interview with Russell Brand, Megan shared her journey including how she got out of the vicious cycle and got her life back. When asked how she got out of the vicious cycle of anorexia, Megan mentioned that there is no one way to deal with Anorexia or any other kind of eating disorder. She mentioned that there is no size fits all for everyone.

However, she attributes her recovery to anger. Being at rock bottom was her main driving force, to quote her, she says, “My recovery was jolted by kind of the same anger that I mentioned previously, rage. I hit a rock bottom in my anorexia. It got to a point where I was this destructive force where I was a destructive force to everyone around me and I was hurting everyone I loved, I had lost two years of my life, I wasn’t in school and I’d lost my friends, I was just destroying everything.”

After seeing how Anorexia was affecting her life, Megan committed herself to recovery. She began with therapy but attributes most of her success in fighting the disorder to her dad who she says was supportive and went out of his way to help her deal with the condition.

Seeing her dad distraught and trying his best to help her out was one of the turning points that led her to want to separate the illness that previously defined her from herself and fight as the condition that it was. She continuously told herself that she no longer wanted Anorexia to take any more of her time or affect her family the way it previously was which motivated her and led her to take the first meals and finally, recovery.

The journey wasn’t as easy as it seems. To quote her, she says, “It genuinely feels like every time you sit down for a meal, someone puts a hand on your mouth.” An eating disorder, unlike dieting, doesn’t feel much like a choice. Although you have a choice, the choice would be deeply buried and covered by the eating disorder.

Although she began eating regularly, Megan didn’t fully recover until she started loving her body again. The greatest catalyst that led to her developing Anorexia was her body; she wanted to be thin. Therefore, her way to recovery besides eating loved her body the way it was, something that was inspired by Dani, a friend of hers who became a mentor that helped her feel positive about her body spurring her recovery.

During the interview with Russel, Megan talked about something profound on self-hatred and how it is big business. Advertisers over the years have been in search of a product they can endlessly sale. This led them to settle on women and their bodies. Through entertainment, content creators came up with with the ideal woman body and used role models in entertainment to publicize that body and how it is a perfect depiction of beauty in women, something that was far from being correct.

To make matters worse, these role models started using all these products sold by advertisers that were supposedly going to give you the ‘Perfect Body’ leading to the self-hate revolution. One of the popular trends of this revolution is the rise of Cosmetic Surgeries in the Middle East, which have deadly side effects including pneumonia, blood clots, and death.

Conclusion

Here are the five tips from Megan on Body Positive Message.

  1. Treat yourself as if you are your own best friend.
  2. Diversify your Social Media Feeds.
  3. Step out of your Comfort Zone
  4. Challenge everything around you.
  5. Quit Diet Culture.

Islam as a religion emphasizes body Positive Message. Body Image is never about some number on a scale, it’s about your mindset towards your body image, what you think about yourself. The secret is in thinking positively about yourself, having a body positive image.

To end the article, I will quote Dalia Meghaed who says, “Don’t let those who dislike you define you.” A quote that shows that you shouldn’t let media or any other channel define the perfect you. You are unique in your own way and you should love yourself like that.

 

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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