‘I’ve expended my life in fear of being called fat’

'I've spent my life in fear of being called fat'

'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'

'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat' Image copyright Natalie Lam Image caption Megan Jayne Crabbe says her eyes were opened by the body positivity movement

Megan Jayne Crabbe was five years old when she started a war with her body. Instead of making friends on her first day at school, she was comparing herself to her peers and telling herself she was “chubby”. Now, she has more than a million Instagram adherents and recently told Parliament that “fat phobia” should be recognised as a kind of prejudice.

It took Megan almost two decades to accept her body. The years leading up to that were fraught with yo-yo dieting, crippling anorexia and a spell in a residential psychiatric hospital. At 21 – having fell out of college and then university – she hit her target weight. Still, she “hated everything” about herself.

“I knew that no matter what weight I got to, it would never be enough, ” says Megan , now 26. “I couldn’t continue that life. I knew there had to be more. My eating disorder had taken so much from me, I wasted so much time and I refused to let it take any more.

“Somehow I stumbled across an image of a woman on Instagram wearing a bikini and talking about accepting her body – not dieting and living her life as she was. I’d never really believed that was an option before.”

'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'
'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'
'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'
'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'
'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'

'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'

'I've Expended My Life In Fear Of Being Called Fat'

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