“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson shares her experiences with disordered eating
Sadie Robertson, known for her spot on the reality show “Duck Dynasty” and “Dancing with the Stars” revealed she has struggled with disordered eating and body image issues in a candid and emotional post on her website and social media this week.
In the blog post, Robertson says she struggled with “an eating problem connected to a negative body image” which lasted nearly a year. Like many, her issues started small and seemingly benign, but quickly developed into something more dangerous.
“It was dark. It was ugly. It was insanely difficult. It was done in secret. It was hidden. I did not even tell my own mother until recently,” Robertson wrote. “I thought I had everything under control. Maybe you have been saying that same thing? I didn’t even realize this small problem that I thought I had under control was creating a ripple effect, creating more and more problems, ones I certainly couldn’t control. I became angry with the person I was becoming. My self-worth was demolished, and I began to lose sight of my true identity.”
Robertson says the problems started after her time on “Dancing with the Stars” but her worst struggles are embodied in a photograph of her in a red dress for a modeling job.
“The photo in the red dress was when it was really bad and when I first saw that picture all I could see was the ‘fat’ that went outside the dress,” she says. “Someone in the modeling industry had told me, if I wanted to be a model, then I needed to lose that. Looking back I’m so sad that those thoughts stole the beauty and joy of that photo.”
While body image problems drove some of her issues with disordered eating, Robertson also believes it was her way of trying to feel “in control” in a time when everything else felt out of control.
“I have heard it said that people develop eating disorders because it is something they can control in their life,” the “Duck Dynasty” star writes. “That makes so much sense in my case, because during this particular time, so much in my life felt out of my control.”
Like many celebrities who experience disordered eating issues or problems with body image without ever being officially diagnosed with an eating disorder, Robertson never sought professional treatment for her problems. Instead, she says her Christian faith helped her recover from her darkest days.
“The day I prayed for the Lord to enlighten my eyes to see His standard of beauty, is the day my whole life changed,” Robertson writes. “But like I have said many times, in order to experience God’s beauty, you have to exhale your ugly. My heart beats behind that quote. Do these old thoughts come back from time to time? Absolutely, but it is my job to take authority over them.”
Thankfully, in Robertson’s case recovery was possible without clinical treatment. However, this isn’t true for everyone.
Robertson says she is now happy with her body even if she has gained a small amount of weight.
“I am 15 pounds heavier then I was right after ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” she wrote. “I literally cannot even wrap my head around how I was once able to get my hands to wrap around my thigh.”
Does Sadie Robertson’s story sound familiar to you? Many with eating disorders start with small measures to achieve a certain look, but their issues can develop into an eating disorder than can be dangerous or even fatal. Give us a call at (888) 298-4673 so we can answer any questions you have and