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Fighting An Eating Disorder When It’s ‘Hard To Want To Get Better’ : NPR

Before anorexia, Maddy Rich (left) says she never thought she was the kind of person who would struggle with an eating disorder. She gets advice on recovery from Julia Sinn.

Image Courtesy of Samantha Hackett; Elizabeth Birnbaum


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Before anorexia, Maddy Rich (left) says she never thought she was the kind of person who would struggle with an eating disorder. She gets advice on recovery from Julia Sinn.

Image Courtesy of Samantha Hackett; Elizabeth Birnbaum

When you’re facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they’re letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

All of a sudden, Maddy Rich found herself in the middle of a crisis. It sneaked up on her, in February 2016, during her sophomore year at Cornell University.

When Maddy got on campus, she started exercising a lot. “Oh, my gosh, there are all these athletes around me, that’s really inspiring,” she remembers thinking. She started eating less, too: “Oh, I have to go the lab, I don’t have time to eat anything.”

Are you about to undergo a major life change, like start your own business or deploy overseas in the military? Or have you gone through one already? All Things Considered invites you to share your experience, either to ask questions or pass on your own lessons learned. Email us at nprcrowdsource@npr.org, with “Been There” in the…

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