"Food was my enemy": Model Avital Cohen reveals how fear of being fat left her with a severe eating disorder
Instagram model Avital Cohen opens up about her struggles coping with a severe eating disorder and her inspiring journey so far
An Instagram reality is very different from actual reality and there is always more to the story, no matter how flawless it looks. Instagram model Avital Cohen has recently opened up about her eating disorder and the struggle to cope with the illness. Though her life looked perfect and flawless online, the model admittedly often struggled with the way she saw herself.
The 23-year-old model, based in Israel, got candid about her "severe eating disorder" on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, "I was afraid to eat because in my mind I was fat. I struggled a lot since food was my enemy". However, she was able to turn the situation around by "dealing with my mental health" and then slowly started to see food as a way to survive and live. She currently eats six small meals each day and also works out regularly.
She posted a 2014 photo, where she weighed 92 pounds, next to a recent picture, where she weighs 116 pounds. And she cannot be prouder of her weight gain.
"Since then I’m a much happier person, positive, healthier and treat my body with the love it deserves," she shared with her fans and followers. Her honest and bold post went viral and garnered more than 92,000 likes. She shared her story in the hope that other people would be encouraged and inspired to work through similar struggles. "Use the struggles as a drive to work harder on your mind and body," she said.
"Not just in being fit but in everything you do," she continued. Cohen is an Israeli fitness model with more than 1.2 million dedicated followers on her Instagram and is also the owner and designer of the 'Gym Girl Glam' apparel line.
According to mentalhealthamerica.net, "eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder - include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males. Anyone can develop an eating disorder regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, size, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation."
The report goes on to say that in the United States alone, "almost 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or other OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder)."