A woman from England is sharing her story to help others who are going through an eating disorder.
Annie Windley from Derbyshire, England is in recovery after years of suffering from undernourishment and now hopes to share her story to help others in her shoes.
The heaviest weight this young girl ever hit was never over 29kg, roughly 63 pounds. Her low weight caused a multitude of medical complications and put her at high risk of heart attack.
21-year-old Windley battled with her eating disorder for five years, a challenge even today. While suffering, Windley, a Woolley Moor resident, underwent a multitude of hospitalization and medical treatments.
However, the young woman shared that she was able to use her love of running as a method to help her begin to recover. She even completed the Chesterfield Half Marathon in October of last year.
“I came to the delightful realization that rehabilitation is a breathtaking process that should be thrilling, unforgettable, and amazing. I believe that my anorexia will always be a part of me, but I’ve learned to control it and stop thinking about food.”, Windley said in one of her social media posts.
According to Windley, “Changing for the better is never too late.”
In 2012, Annie received her diagnosis, and two years later when her recovery began. In October of 2017, she finally decided to fight against her eating disorder.
“I can’t say exactly what occurred, but this time, it was just for myself,” she said online.
“I’ve put on three stones in the last four months, and I’m now at my heaviest since 2014.”
Her experiences have taught her that it is peoples’ treatment of themselves and others that matters more than anything else, including physical appearance.
“These are the things that will make you happy and are things that are crucial to you,” she said.
She focused on respect for others and on her own love of running. This is what truly saved her. Putting the energy she had previously put into restricting her food intake into something that felt like success changed her mindset entirely.
“Pay attention to your enthusiasm and drive to succeed where you wish to go.”
Annie ate almost nothing but a piece of bread most days previously. She was so sick and underweight that she would previously often feel faint or fall. Now she is moving to a healthier weight along with a healthier mindset when it comes to her relationship with her body.
“We must show our disorders that we are able to do so. We don’t want to spend our lives feeling unhappy and full of regret over the things we weren’t able to do due to anorexia.”