Megan Jayne Crabbe é uma inglesa de 22 anos que, ao longo da vida, sofreu com distúrbios alimentares, que foram evoluindo até chegar à anorexia. Depois de muitos anos de luta, finalmente a jovem conseguiu ficar saudável novamente. E para comemorar essa nova fase e inspirar outras meninas que possam estar enfrentando os mesmos problemas que um dia Megan já enfrentou, ela resolveu publicar em seu Instagram fotos do antes e do depois do distúrbio que, só no Brasil, afeta mais de 150 mil pessoas todo ano.
Do you wanna know the truth about gaining weight? Because I've done a whole lot of it. I used to believe that my life would end over a couple of extra pounds on the scale. I used to believe that losing weight was the most important thing in the world. I used to believe that there was no such thing as going too far, getting too thin, losing too much. Then I nearly lost my life. There were only two options left: gain weight, or die. So I gained weight. More and more. Anorexia morphed into binge eating disorder and within a year I'd gone from 65lbs lying on my death bed to 180lbs, right back to self loathing and wanting to lose weight more than anything in the world. I lost and gained hundreds of pounds over the years. I'd clawed my way back from the edge and still I believed that happiness could be found in the dropping numbers on a bathroom scale. Until I realised that no weight loss had ever made me happy. No amount of disappeared pounds had made me stop hating my body. And chasing thinness had made me lose much more than weight – I'd lost myself. Now I know that no matter how much extra jiggle might come along, nothing important about me will have changed. I'll still have the same heart, the same mind, the same passion, the same love. The scale will never be able to tell me anything about myself that truly matters. It doesn't have the power to define me – only I do. And I refuse to keep chasing that empty promise of happiness granted through restriction and self hatred. I'll take my happiness right now. We are all so worthy of it, exactly as we are. Don't be afraid of gaining weight, my love. There's a whole life for you to gain when you stop letting those numbers dictate your worth. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
“Eu costumava acreditar que perder peso era uma das coisas mais importantes do mundo. Eu costumava acreditar que não existia essa coisa de ir muito longe, ficar muito magra, perder muito peso. Então, eu quase perdi a minha vida”, conta a inglesa, que chegou a pesar 30 Kg! “Não tenha medo de ganhar uns quilinhos, meu amor. Tem toda uma vida te esperando depois que você para de deixar esses números ditar quem você é”, afirma.
The picture on the left is me two years ago, right before I found body positivity. I'd spent the whole summer hungry, counting every bite, working out for 3 hours every day, cancelling plans, and spending every waking moment thinking about food, weight, and how to make myself smaller and smaller. And it worked. I finally hit my goal weight, the one I always thought would make me happy. I was 130lbs, I had visible abs and a 26 inch waist. To a lot of people I had the perfect body. And I was miserable. I still saw so much stomach I had to lose. So much jiggle I had to tone. So many more calories I had to cut out and dress sizes I had to drop. When I found body positivity I realised that it would never be enough. There would always be another part to hate, no matter how many more years I wasted chasing perfection. The truth is that no goal weight will make you happy. No dress size will take away your self hatred. No calorie count will make you feel good enough. And NONE of it is worth losing yourself, your sanity, your happiness for. You are so much more than anything that can be counted, weighed, or measured. Now I know that the problem was never my body, it was how I'd been taught to see it. You know what I see when I look at the right picture? I see happiness, I see softness, I see me. And I'm not going to spend any more of my life fighting the way I'm supposed to be. Bring on the jiggle. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
Megan Jayne acreditava que se livrar das gordurinhas era o primeiro passo para alcançar a verdadeira felicidade. Antigamente, isso era um ideal que fazia ainda mais sentido, principalmente por causa das modelos magérrimas estampando capas de revistas e das famosas da internet, sempre exibindo corpos perfeitos em suas redes sociais. Isso ainda acontece, e temos um longo caminho pela frente, mas os padrões estão cada dia mais deixando de ser padrões. Modelos gordas estão desfilando em passarelas, posando para revistas, participando de clipes. “Você sabe o que eu vejo quando olho a imagem à direita? Eu vejo felicidade, eu vejo delicadeza, eu me vejo. E eu não vou mais passar minha vida lutando para ser do jeito que falavam que eu deveria ser“, diz a inglesa a respeito da comparação acima.
Hoje, a jovem de 22 anos está muito bem, obrigada, com suas curvas, gordurinhas, celulites e estrias. Ela também está muito saudável, ao contrário do que muita gente insiste em pensar. Doente ela estava quando tinha muitos e muitos quilos a menos.
Here's what I know about cellulite: I know it's a harmless way our lovely little fat cells arrange themselves. I know that women of all shapes and sizes have it, even Beyoncé. I know that when you Google it all that comes up are 'cures' and tips on how to prevent it. I know that it's been turned into a condition, a disease, a defect. I know that the people who make us think of it that way earn millions from demonising a completely natural part of female flesh. I know that I'm supposed to hate it. . . But I don't. The canvas of my body is made of so many textures. My beauty ripples. My thighs make waves. I place my fingers in those tiny crevices and trace them lovingly while I sit. When I look at them I don't see hideous flaws that need to be scrubbed out of existence. I see magical constellations sprawling across my skin. I see me. Exactly as I am supposed to be. And you know what's really amazing? You get to decide right now that you are exactly as you're supposed to be, too. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
A inglesa, que tem quase 300 mil seguidores no Instagram, se tornou uma espécie de exemplo para outras garotas que não se encaixam nos padrões de beleza que ainda ditam a nossa sociedade. Para empoderar, ela posta fotos de mulheres felizes dentro de corpos felizes e saudáveis enviadas por suas seguidoras, como é possível ver no exemplo abaixo.
LOVE. THIS. 🙌💜⬇ you rock @brittpysar ✨"As long as you're healthy" is a phrase I hear WAY to often. If we are unhealthy does that make us unworthy of love and respect? Are we no longer considered human because we aren't in perfect health? I know the motivation behind these comments isn't always malicious, but my health is my business. As is yours. Of course I hope you are all healthy, happy creatures. But if you are in poor health, I still love you. I am still sending you all the positive vibes, and you are still a human being that deserves respect and love. I will never defend my state of health to anyone. You can draw assumptions about my health by looking at me if you so choose, but you are not a doctor. Mental or physical, able or disabled, invisible or obvious. Your health is your business. Don't accept unwarranted comments about your state of health. Because you are loved and wonderful no matter what! #selflove" 💜
Porque é aquele velho ditado: “Corpo bonito é aquele que tem uma pessoa feliz dentro dele”!