Megan Jayne Crabbe was five years old when she started a battle with their own bodies. Instead of offsetting friends on her first day at clas, she was comparing herself to her peers and telling herself she was “chubby”. Now, she has more than a million Instagram followers and recently told Parliament that “fat phobia” should be recognised as a flesh of discrimination.
It took Megan almost two decades to accept her body. The years leading up to that were fraught with yo-yo dieting, maiming anorexia and a trance in a residential psychiatric hospital. At 21 – having lowered out of college and then university – she hit her target weight. Still, she “hated everything” about herself.
“I knew that no matter what weight I have to go to, it would never be enough, ” says Megan , now 26. “I couldn’t continue that life. I knew there had to be more. My eating disorder had taken so much from me, I squandered so much time and I refused to let it take any more.
“Somehow I stumbled across an image of a woman on Instagram wearing a bikini and talking about accepting her body – not dieting and living their own lives as she was. I’d never genuinely believed that was an option before.”