According to the National Eating Disorder Association, up to 70 million people (both male and female) suffer from eating disorders. Silver Ferns and Northern Stars shooter Maia Wilson recently took to Instagram to raise awareness about the impacts of having an eating disorder.
After last year's lockdown, Wilson was in the physical shape she wanted to be, but her performance as an athlete was affected, even losing her period for four months.
Wilson weighed herself up to six times a day to ensure she didn't put on weight during New Zealand's national lockdown.
Even though Wilson is now in a healthier shape, the battle with her self-image hasn't gone away, with the 21-test Silver Fern seeking professional help to get her through the crisis.
"I hate the way I look,” she says. “I constantly feel fat, and even though I know I'm healthier and performance-wise i'm in a better state to do my job, I hate the way I look.
"I know I'm not alone. I'm still coming to terms with feeling comfortable in my body.
Wilson isn't the first Silver Fern to go public with mental health struggles, with NZ captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio battling burnout and taking a break from netball, before announcing she's expecting her second child.
Ekenasio has offered her support to Wilson.
"We all grow through our inner demons, proud to see you facing yours head on," she has commented on the post.
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