At the age of 13, I began to have self esteem issues with my body, which then turned into a battle mentally. The cause of this was my experience with bullying in middle school.
I had to depart from my family and friends mentally, and emotionally to fight my mental battle alone, only because I couldn't escape, and I was struggling and didn't want anyone to know. Often times I would stay in my bedroom and not come out unless I needed something or to eat a little bit of food so I could say I ate something that day.
My special weapon was also the thing that caused me the most pain, my strong will to go after what i want, and to not stop until I succeed at my goal. I told myself " If you want to be beautiful, you cannot eat this. It'll make you fatter and uglier."