"My most important accomplishment was my recovery from an eating disorder. My life really turned a corner when I found what I needed for a full recovery," Post said.
A message she hopes to share with girls everywhere...including her own.
"It's such a tough culture for girls these days and I think take it as it comes and see what kind of girl she is and then respond accordingly," Post said.
If you thought disordered eating was just a female problem, think again. The National Eating Disorders Association estimates that 33 percent of male athletes in aesthetic or weight class sports are affected by eating disorders.
Eating disorders are most common in athletes that participate in the following sports:
- Ballet and other dance
- Figure skating
- Horse racing
LONG TERM: Long term and serious medical complications include cardiac problems and what is known as the "Female Athlete Triad." The Triad refers to disordered eating, loss of menses, and osteoporosis. The resulting medical complications are often permanent and irreversible. Bone loss starts as soon as six months from loss of menstruation.
In addition, one study found that anorexics were seven times more likely to develop stress fractures as a result of their bone density loss. This not only has immediate consequences on their performance but also long term consequences such as chronic joint problems and increased risk of fractures for the rest of their lives.
EATING FOR LIFE: Eating disorders are the most secretive of mental health issues and often go untreated because of the lack of awareness, education, and resources available. The Mission of Eating For Life Alliance is to make user-friendly information, resources, protocols, and the wisdom of the nation’s experts available to everyone. ELA reaches out to students on college campuses. College is not only a time when eating disorders often develop — but an excellent time to address and heal from them. For more information on signs, recovery and the Eating For Life organization, visit www.eatingforlife.org.