Many of the eating disorders remain very obscure in the eyes of the general public, as well as their symptoms or their consequences. Former candidate for the title of Miss Universe, Rachael Finch wishes to warn about what she experienced: a particularly intense exhaustion linked to a diet that is too rare.
Model and TV host Rachael Finch was the people’s choice in the 2006 Miss Teen Australia pageant. Three years later, in 2009, she was Miss Universe’s third runner-up, Miss Venezuela. A great victory for the young woman who spent part of her adolescence battling eating disorders, and who revealed to Women’s Health magazine that she had gotten into the habit of starving herself to lose weight. which had terrible consequences on his health.
“I went through a very unhealthy phase where I exercised too much, I didn’t eat enough. I internalized the fact that I was way too heavy and way too big,” she told the magazine before. to specify that at the time, she went to bed at 7 p.m., exhausted, only to wake up 12 hours later, at 7 a.m. All while having the impression of having had a sleepless night: “I always woke up tired.”
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This is not surprising: physical exhaustion and the need to sleep for long hours are actually common symptoms of eating disorders, and in particular of anorexia. Without nutrients, the body does not have enough fuel to function and therefore needs long periods of rest. Coupled with the intense sport that Rachael Finch imposed on herself, this lack of food deprived her of all her energy. This was not the only consequence: “I lost my menstrual cycle for more than two years. Looking back, I say to myself: “Of course it did not happen. My body was not functioning as it should. He wasn’t getting what he needed.”
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For Rachael Finch, this interview was an opportunity to break a taboo around eating disorders and the dangers of the permanent quest for thinness. “You have to learn to follow the rhythm of your body, and that rhythm would not necessarily be the same as that of the person next to you. It’s a long journey, it requires experimenting, and teaching others to respect how you take care of your body.”
Lack of restful sleep can indeed have consequences on health as well as on mental health. Poor quality sleep lowers immune defenses, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, alters psychological functions, affects muscle activity and prevents stabilization at healthy weight. In some cases, it will cause people to consume more food for energy, and therefore lead to a risk of weight gain. In others, it will on the contrary push the concerned to skip meals to be able to sleep more. Which is bad either way.
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