Former model discusses eating disorders

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August McLaughlin is a former model and the creator of “Girl Boner Radio.”

She also struggled with anorexia for several years before recovering.

She claims that the pressure from society and the media on women to be thin contributed to the development of eating disorders.

“I remember seeing images of models when I was really small and believing that that’s what I had to look like to be successful,” McLaughlin said.

“I was really afraid of not having value, not living largely, and not being accepted for who I was. But in my mind it had to do with this large exterior that I thought was unattractive and unworthy.”

McLaughlin claims that society has to change the way they think if they were to prevent girls from hating their bodies and developing eating disorders.

“When you stop commenting on your own appearance and other people’s, you stop seeing [weight] as much,”McLaughlin said. “It takes a lot of work to get to a place where that’s not what you see, but you just have to be extra sensitive to it,”

If you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, you can find helpful resources at the Health and Wellness Center on campus.