Episode 15: Hannah’s Recovery Story

Hannah Johnson

Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. On today’s episode, we talk to Hannah Johnson. Hannah developed anorexia during high school and found that it was exacerbated by society and stress. Hannah shares her recovery story and words of wisdom to those currently in treatment.

Episode show notes:

Hannah Johnson is a Food Service Assistant at The Emily Program’s Toogood location in Minnesota. Hannah has her Bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and she is actively pursuing her credentials to be a registered dietitian.

In high school, Hannah saw a photo of herself playing lacrosse that caused her to pick apart her body and start losing weight. In addition to negative body image, an unhealthy relationship and a stressful job contributed to Hannah developing anorexia. After struggling with anorexia over the summer, Hannah’s family started talking to her about her eating habits and body image. After talking to a family friend that also struggled with an eating disorder, Hannah realized she had a problem and needed help to get better.

During recovery, Hannah made an effort to reach out to friends and family that could be there to hold her accountable during recovery. In addition, she focused on eating well and exercising an appropriate amount. With support from those around her and an understanding of eating disorders, Hannah found recovery and went on to pursue a dietetics degree. While in school, Hannah realized that she enjoyed working in the mental health field, which led her to The Emily Program.

Hannah says recovery is worth it because she can finally live without fear or concern about her body. At the end of the episode, she gives her best advice to those currently struggling with an eating disorder—seek treatment.

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