BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
An anorexic student who ate less than 300 calories a day – sometimes only one whole vegetable – and plummeted to 75 pounds (five stone) has recovered after her eating disorder took over her ability to attend school.
Taylor Crosby, 24, of Tallahassee, Florida, USA, started to develop the eating disorder during her first year of university and once reached a point where she couldn’t eat more than a zucchini a day.
Feeling pressured with all of her responsibilities, the 5-foot-2 student quickly got into the habit of cutting her calories and exercising daily.
While her weight continued to drop, it took Taylor several years to realize she had the symptoms of an eating disorder.
It eventually took away all her energy, making it difficult for her to sit through classes and impossible for her study when she got home.
In her worst state, only eating a zucchini all day, Taylor did not have enough energy to stand up in the shower.
After taking a semester off of graduate school in 2017, the student pushed herself to pack on 30 pounds (two stone) in three months before returning in the spring of 2017.
A year later, she is eating more than 2,000 calories a day, exercising moderately and weighs a healthy 105 pounds (seven stone).
Taylor, who studies art history at South Florida State University, said: “Everyone kept telling me that I looked too thin, but I thought there was no way I could have an eating disorder because I always loved food.
“It took me a while to realize that I wasn’t even eating the foods I liked anymore.
“I was eating between 100 and 300 calories a day. There were even days that I had nothing but a plain vegetable.
“It got to the point that I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do. I always loved school and I felt like I couldn’t even do my work anymore.
“Once I realized that it was affecting my education, I just told myself that I had to recover.
“I was isolating myself from all of my friends and wound up ruining some good relationships. I wasn’t acting like myself.”
While Taylor was able to quickly gain her weight back, it still took her some time to fully recover.
The most difficult part of the recovery process was repairing her eating schedule.
She said: “I was eating more than I should have for someone my size, but I knew I needed to in order to put on weight.
“It took me about a year to finally feel comfortable eating and get my schedule back on track.”
Aside from her physical recovery, Taylor says she is now in a much better mental state.
The 24-year-old is now accomplishing things that never would have been possible while suffering from Anorexia.
She said: “Everything is easier now.
“I can easily wake up in the morning without feeling like I’m going to pass out, I am focused in class, I can write a 25-page paper in a few days.
“I’m so much happier.
“I’m setting goals for myself, which I never did before. If I hadn’t recovered, none of this would have been possible.”