Megan Jayne first began to feel self-conscious about her weight when she was just 5 years old. At 14 she weighed just 61 pounds and was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Shortly thereafter she was hospitalized, fed through a tube, and given just a few months to live. But now at age 22, Jayne has turned her life around, and she's using her Instagram account to share her message of body positivity and self-acceptance.
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Jayne told the Daily Mail that even when she was in kindergarten, she was terrified that people could see the roll of her belly when she sat down. She was constantly comparing herself to other girls.
"Thin would never be thin enough," she said. "The eating disorder overcame me so much that I believed it was all that I was and all that I had. I became an empty shell of a girl, still obsessing over whether my stomach was visible through my hospital gown."
Thankfully, after several years of slow recovery — including a few years of binge-eating and crash diets — Jayne stumbled upon an epiphany in the form on an Instagram post. She had been searching the site for "fitspiration," but instead found a poster who promoted healthy body image and loving yourself just how you are.
Jayne decided to start her own Instagram account, bodyposipanda, as a part of her recovery. She posted her first photo of herself in a bikini in November, 2014. Today, she has close to 50,000 followers and she's spreading the word that it's OK to love the body you're in.
From her Instagram:
"Imagine a world where people don't starve themselves to death in the pursuit of thin because they know they're worth more than their body type. Imagine a world where people don't turn to binging and purging in times of distress because they can turn to body positivity and self love instead. This revolution is not about 'glorifying obesity' and it certainly isn't only beneficial to fat people. This benefits all people. This teaches all people that they are deserving of acceptance and respect regardless of their outer shells. That health and happiness come in more than one size and that damn it all those sizes are BEAUTIFUL."