Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Woman documents her recovery from anorexia on Instagram with empowering pictures of her body and meals

amalie lee instagram recovery.JPG

Amalie Lee was diagnosed with anorexia in 2013, and is now trying to help other sufferers by documenting her incredible recovery on Instagram.

The Roehampton University student, who is originally from Norway, says she first started suffering from an eating disorder in 2012, but went without any treatment, support or diagnosis for entire year.

It was a year that saw her body weight drop dramatically, as depression she suffered in her mid- teens turned into an obsession with regulating what she ate.

“I just wanted to disappear. My eating disorder was never about looking like a model, it was a way to cope,” she tells MailOnline.

 

A photo posted by REDEFINING HEALTHY (@amalielee) on

“I made bizarre rules for myself about what I allowed myself to eat, when, where - even what spoon to use. These rules made me feel safe and in control.”

“I reached a point where my BMI was dropping dangerously low, and if I kept on refusing recovery I would soon end up in a hospital bed.”

Though Lee was lucky enough to avoid being hospitalised, she did require vital outpatient treatment involving therapy sessions, regular weigh-ins and check-ups from a doctor.

The struggle to climb back up to a healthy body weight saw her at one point having to consume 3000 calories daily whilst staying sedentary, to gain 0.5 kg per week.

As her recovery progressed, Lee decided to try and use her experience to help others.

She set up an Instagram account where she posts selfies with empowering captions along with images of the food she eats and enjoys, plus a Tumblr page which offers help and advice.

“I want to use this as an opportunity to say something important; You don't have to look like me to have an eating disorder,” Lee writes on one Instagram post.

“An eating disorder comes in all shapes and sizes. Some, like me, become very underweight by their eating disorder (though I was a normal-weight sufferer for some time too) whilst others are normal-weight or overweight, at times morbidly obese. We also have binge eating disorder, bulimia, orthorexia and ednos (eating disorder not otherwise specified) and many subclinical and atypical cases.”

“I felt like my case was not taken seriously until I was very underweight, and that is not OK! It is a mental illness with physical side effects, and everybody deserves help.”

The Instagram images follow Lee’s recovery from both a physical and mental perspective, as she shares images of her body weight increase along with how she’s feeling.

Though spring 2014 saw her hit a weight that was considered healthy for the first time since 2012, she says that the mental recovery takes much longer.

“I am damn proud of my physical change as you can see, and I enjoy showing you my progress,” writes Lee beneath another image. “But always remember that healthy is not a look, and neither is recovery.”

Just Amalie being Amalie #vegetarianburger #girlswithgluten #tastingtheworld #realcovery

A photo posted by REDEFINING HEALTHY (@amalielee) on

Overly fancy breakfast today

A photo posted by REDEFINING HEALTHY (@amalielee) on

You can follow Amalie Lee's journey on Instagram. For more help and advice with eating disorders please visit b-eat.co.uk

Related

Jae West body image experiment 2.jpg

Why did this woman publicly strip down to her underwear?

vesper.jpg

“I ditched my draining city existence for a lifelong holiday in Italy”

O-Parto-08.jpg

Photographer captures powerful images of girlfriend’s labour

surferhero.jpg

This woman can surf in heels

kate hudson and jennifer aniston.JPG

This week's A-list Instagram highlights

finetattoo.jpg

Woman's tattoo illustrates what it’s like to suffer from depression

Lucy141_rt.jpg

Lucy Mangan: “Why I Asked For Help For My OCD”

ThinkstockPhotos-179018587.jpg

How much water should you really be drinking?

SATC hero.JPG

The one free thing that’s proven to fight and prevent depression

Comments

More

This Is Us star asks viewers to reach out to lost loved ones

“Tomorrow is not promised”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

Inside the bar where men aren't allowed to approach women

"If a gentleman is lucky enough to be approached by a lady, he speaks to her as if he would speak to his mother”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Feb 2017

Everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables

(Even if you don't have loads of space)

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Calling all vino fans: are you ready for red wine ice cream?

Ice cream and red wine, together at last…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Feb 2017

Letters penned 100 years apart show unchanging attitude to abortion

"I'm in the family way again, and I'm nearly crazy..."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Woman opens up about having her grandmother as her bridesmaid

“She’s my best friend”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Feb 2017

Artist captures how mental illness feels with sketches of houses

“It belongs to our lives and we must not stigmatise it”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Pair cheese and wine like a pro with this incredible interactive map

Winchester Aged Gouda with a glass of Amarone della Valpolicella, anyone?

by Moya Crockett
21 Feb 2017

Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50k, donates it to “young people”

She’s the hero we need right now, if not the one we deserve.

by Moya Crockett
21 Feb 2017

Watch Emma Watson sing ‘Belle’ in new Beauty and the Beast clip

“There goes the baker with his tray, like always…”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Feb 2017