Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsROMY: When I was 13, I decided that I wanted to eat healthier. I told my mother that I would stop eating candy. But a few days later, I did not want to eat dessert anymore. And after a while, I went for a walk after every meal in order to burn food again. In this way, I imposed more and more strict rules on myself. I received compliments because I lost weight, and that gave me confidence. Besides that, self-confidence was a thing I did not have at that time in my life. Also, many things happened during that period in my life which I found difficult to handle, such as the divorce of my parents.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsAs with many divorces, they also fought-- and I had the feeling I had to choose between them, but, naturally, I didn't want this. It was very difficult for me to talk about the sadness and the distress I felt at the time. I was looking for tranquillity and control in my life and losing weight gave me exactly that. One could say I had become addicted to losing weight because I could not stop doing it anymore. Losing weight had become part of where I was at that time in my life and became my way of dealing with thoughts and feelings.

Romy about how her eating disorder developed

In this video Romy explains more about how her eating disorder developed. It began with a desire to eat healthy, but at a certain moment it got out of control and she developed an eating disorder.

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Young People and Their Mental Health

University of Groningen