These Women Have Told the World Why They’re Grateful for Every Pound They Put On

February 12, 2017

While many women around the world constantly think about how to get thinner, there are others who are doing their best to work out how to put on weight.

We at Bright Side were seriously impressed by the stories of these women who are counting the pounds they gain rather than how much they lose. Despite all the psychological and physical difficulties, they’ve learned to love themselves as they are. We advise everyone to do the same.

Hayley Harris

Hayley Harris admits that she began to starve herself to get closer to achieving that fragile, ultra-slim look which is often idealized for women in glossy magazines. She first launched her Instagram account when she was in the hospital recovering from an eating disorder. Hayley claims the support of her followers helped her cope with her illness. She now spends her time campaigning against the public idealization of thinness.

Courtney Black

Courtney Black weighed around 99 lbs just a couple of years ago. She worked as a fitness model, and she was convinced that the beauty of her muscles would only be revealed if she was extremely thin. She cut her food intake to 800 calories and tired herself out with hunger to the point where she had to go to the hospital. After treatment, Courtney began to consume 2,000 calories a day. She’s now a successful fitness instructor.

Megan Jayne Crabbe

Megan Jayne Crabbe weighed just 61 lbs at the age of 13. Her teenage hangups had just gone too far. However much she weighed, she was never satisfied with her body. Today Megan isn’t shy about her appearance, and she devotes her Instagram account to the idea that there’s no such thing as a woman who isn’t beautiful — it’s all simply in our minds.

Sarah Ramadan

This is Sarah Ramadan. The difference between these two images is 2 years and 44 lbs. At 18, Sarah was suffering from depression, and this led her to anorexia. “I lived for too long apologizing for the extra calories that I needed,” admits Sarah. Now she does bodybuilding and is very happy with the way she looks.

Margherita Barbieri

Margherita Barbieri worked as a dancer. After receiving several refusals at important casting sessions, she came to the conclusion that her lack of success was down to not being thin enough. She began to literally starve herself. As a result, her weight dropped to 55 lbs. Now Margherita understands that one’s health is more important than anything else, and she likes her new body way more than her old one.

Aroosha Nekonam

Aroosha Nekonam is a successful fitness blogger and a personal instructor who is in high demand. But she stated on her Instagram account, “My dear body, forgive me for treating you badly.” After finishing college, Aroosha — a perfectionist by nature — decided to go on a diet, which was ultimately transformed into a regime of starvation.

Connie Inglis

Connie Inglis has suffered from anorexia since she was a teenager: for ten years now. Sometimes she manages to put on weight, other times she falls back into her old habits. It’s for this reason that she set up an account on Instagram. It’s here that she receives support from her followers and publishes motivational posts. For example, photos of sweet things that she is trying to eat more of.

Erika “The Tiger”

Erika The Tiger suffered from anorexia and bulimia from the age of 16. Like many other young girls, she saw herself as too fat and one day simply stopped eating. She then began to hate how thin she was and tried to hide this under shapeless garments. Learning to cope with her illness, Erika began to play sport, got married, and stopped being ashamed of her body.

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