Body-positive Instagrammer shares message about eating disorders

Carissa Seligman, 29, suffered from an eating disorder for almost 11 years.

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Body-positive Instagrammer Carissa Seligman recently shared a side-by-side that showed what she looked like during her eating disorder and during her recovery.
  • The 29-year-old wrote that, “the girl with the eating disorder isn’t always the one who looks ‘scary skinny,'” an important message for anyone suffering.
  • Seligman spoke to INSIDER about her battle with an eating disorder and how she eventually found her way to a healthy lifestyle.

As with most illnesses, eating disorders do not look the same on everyone who is suffering. That was the message Carissa Seligman wanted to send when she posted a side-by-side of herself on Instagram.

The photo, which was originally reported on by People, shows two images of Seligman: one when she was battling an eating disorder (known among survivors as ED), and one when she was well into her recovery. But the photo of Seligman during her eating disorder phase isn’t the typical image people associate the disease. She doesn’t have sunken eyes or bones protruding from her neck. In fact, by all definitions, she looks healthy. But Seligman, now 29 years old, says that was far from accurate.

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