Teen shares inspirational message to raise awareness about anorexia
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Teen shares inspirational message to raise awareness about anorexia

August 17, 2019


UNHEALTHY. NEWSCENTER 5’S RHONDELLA RICHARDSON HAS THE STORY. REPORTER: TAUNTON HIGH SENIOR HAYLEI CONTE, HAS BALLET BARS IN HER BEDROOM AND A WALL OF DANCE COMPETITION AWARDS. YET IN THIS DANCE COSTUME, A COMPETITION JUDGE CRUMPLED HER WORLD. SHE SAID IF I WAS GOING TO WEAR SUCH. A REVEALING COSTUME I SHOULD WORK ON MY STOMACH. I AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED SHE MEANT I WAS FAT. I FELT HORRIBLE. REPORTER: THAT WAS 2 YRS AGO AND THE BEGINNING OF ANOREXIA. IT WAS MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY AND SHE EATS 2 BITS OF ICE CREAM AND WENT BALLISTIC CRYING. REPORTER: THE 15 YR OLD HAYLEI DID THIS SELF PORTRAIT, SHE LOST 45 POUNDS. SHE WAS TOLD NOT TO DANCE BECAUSE HER HEART COULD STOP. SPECIALISTS DID GET HER HEALTHY. A MONTH AGO SHE COMPETED IN THE MISS TAUNTON PAGEANT, SHE DIDN’T WIN THE CROWN BUT DANCING, SHE DID WIN SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AND THE MOST TALENTED CATEGORY, SPREADING A WEIGHTY MESSAGE, SHE’LL NEVER FORGET THAT DANCE JUDGE. I HAD FALLEN VICTIM TO MY MIRROR, SCALE, AND MEASURING TAPE. REPORTER: WITH SO MANY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOCUSED ON DIET, HAYLEI WANTS HER STRUGGLE TO HELP OTHERS SUSCEPTIBLE TO ANOREXIA. BE HAPPY WITH WHATEVER YOU WANT. REPORTER:

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