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As founder of Sammy D TV, Sammy Davis uses her TV platform to show women they are more powerful, beautiful and special than they think. But about eight years ago, Davis struggled to see those own characteristics within herself as she was living with an eating disorder.
Some may want to forget completely about a past eating disorder, but Davis is grateful for the experience because it lead to who she is today. EmpowHER had the chance to interview Davis about her past eating disorder and her work today to help women see the beauty within themselves and live more fulfilling lives.
Q: What triggered your eating disorder?
A: At the time, I was a college sophomore in Philly and had gained some weight from drinking and eating late at night my freshman year. I realized it was time to make some changes and I found healthier behaviors like going to the gym more.
My parents filed for divorce in October of my sophomore year and I felt really neglected. It may sound weird, but I wanted to lose weight to get attention. It was a turning point between healthy behaviors and self-destructing ones. At first I was looking healthy and lost weight, but then it turned into how low could I go. My parents’ divorce was out of my control and this was an easy way for me to take control.
Q: What were some habits you had during your eating disorder to keep your weight down?
A: I counted calories and was only eating about 1200 calories a day because that was the most I told myself I could eat.