Megan Annear's smiling face and quick wit can be heard on The Edge, seen on TV and on her own YouTube channel. Though she is a familiar personality in media, her body image struggles have been less public. Megan reveals her struggles with her body and her journey to self-acceptance.
"I've learned my body isn't the enemy; in my teenage years, I blamed it for everything. I blamed it for failed relationships, for not being where I wanted to be in my career, I blamed it for not being rich enough. Everything that was going wrong in my life was because I was fat. I've learned that's just not true, it's all do to with your mind and your mentality. It isn't the enemy – my body is who I am. It's strong, it's soft. In my mind, it's fab.
It lets me do everything that I want to do. I love to swim and I love to go for walks and it allows me to do all these wonderful things and yet I blamed it for so long.
I had bulimia from when I was about 17. I grew up hating my figure; I did ballet and I was very aware of how I looked. I got a knee injury when I was about 13 and as soon as I had to stop dancing, I put on weight because I was going through puberty. So I started hating myself, making myself throw up. It finally switched when I was 23.
I was so done with being angry all the time and being sad and sick and tired. All my energy was going into hating myself, it was really self-absorbed. It all changed when I thought it's time to start enjoying my life and all the great things I've got and the great people around me.
I worked on it, I worked really hard on not hating myself. There was a lot of backwards learning, it's almost like we're brought up to hate our figures.
We've got to be perfect, we can always work towards being better in some physical way. I had to unlearn all of that. It was hard; I'm 27 now, it took four years and I still have bad days, I still have times when I want to go back to when I was 17.
But I'm so much happier and freer now. I have an incredible relationship with my partner Guy, I have my dream job that I landed this year – and all of that happened without me being thin."
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