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Hilaria Baldwin Says Dancing Led to Anorexia and Bulimia

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It will be strange to a common individual that dancing leads to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia; but Hilaria Baldwin will tell you she’s familiar with that. The yoga instructor started dancing Latin ballroom when she was a teenager. But as she made strides to get more professional in the dance, she found herself having to deal with eating disorders.

In her new book The Living Clearly Method, Baldwin narrates her ordeals with anorexia and bulimia. The 32 year old  mother of three writes that “Without realizing it, I started drifting away from the playful connection to movement I’d enjoyed as a young child and into a different and darker kind of dynamic: pushing my body to its limits and commanding it to perform through pain or fatigue.”

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And with these dancing came the eating disorders. Baldwin writes, “A long simmering struggle with anorexia and bulimia began to hold me firmly in its grip.” By the time I was 20 years old, my 5-foot-3 frame was at least 20 lbs. under a healthy weight. My nails were brittle, my hair was falling out, my period was MIA, and my energy had tanked. I was miserable and desperate to feel better.”

It was indeed a difficult situation Baldwin found herself in. The good thing though is that she discovered yoga. Indeed, the beginning was good for her; she picked up steam and had her stress level seriously reduced.

But as she advanced in her yoga practice and became an instructor, she got seriously stressed out again, and her disorders started resurfacing.

The pains of her life took a serious toll, but Baldwin eventually recuperated from all her pains. “The imbalances that had been there for much of my life returned to balance, and I looked and felt a hundred times better as a result,” she notes.

If Hilaria Baldwin went through all the pain, it is probably because she had pressure from people around her to maintain a “perfect body.” This should serve as a lesson for those who put such pressure on others. It is probably time to note that the perfect body is what each individual makes of what he or she sees. We should therefore avoid putting people in difficult situations like what Hilaria Baldwin faced.

And for those who may already be in such a situation, yoga may be the way to go if you are searching for a solution.

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