“You Can Never Have An Eating Disorder That Isn’t ‘Serious Enough'”: Charmaine’s Copenhagen Marathon Fundraiser and Reflections
Charmaine is an undergraduate at the University of Bristol reading International Social and Public Policy. When she’s not running, you can probably find her in climbing gyms, the mountains or some corner of Bristol. If she’s not outdoors, she’s probably cooped up with a book about the human condition, a social issue or someone’s adventure. All things aside, she believes in sharing and connection. We are all walking libraries, connected by the power of stories for the empathy and understanding that they can foster.
She is running the Copenhagen marathon to preserve the integrity of running for herself and raise funds for the silent battles of others.
NOTE: Eating disorder behaviors mentioned. To read about Charmaine’s goals for the marathon and fundraising, skip to the heading “2023: Now What?”
2017: An Innocent Diet Journey
For the bulk of my teenage years, I struggled with disordered eating. I was a competitive athlete in Triple Jump, and failed to perform during the 2017 season. That prompted me to go on a weight loss journey, with the innocent desire to improve my performance. I thought that if I weighed less, I could ‘jump further.’
I started off by eliminating certain food from my diet and tracked every food item I consumed. Knowing cardiovascular activity was known to help with weight loss, I started running. As the numbers decreased on the scale, I became more motivated. I decreased my calorie limit every week while increasing my weekly mileage.