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Kasey Beavers: Finding Strength In Recovery

Released June 7, 2022

In this episode of Recovery Replay, we delve into the story of Kacey Beavers, a young woman who battled perfectionism, isolation, and an eating disorder. Kacey shares her journey from a happy childhood to the struggles she faced in high school and college, where her competitive drive and need to be the best fueled her descent into disordered eating.

Growing up, Kacey was a successful kickball player who thrived on being part of a team. However, in high school theater, she felt isolated and not good enough when she wasn’t cast in lead roles. Comments praising her thinness during this time became internalized, leading Kacey to equate being skinny with being worthy and liked.

In college, Kacey’s perfectionism and eating disorder behaviors escalated as she restricted her food intake and over-exercised. Despite feeling the negative physical effects, the fear of doing anything different kept her trapped in the cycle, which she described as being stuck on a “hamster wheel.”

Throughout the episode, Anna Cantor, Clinical Director of Meadows Ranch at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, provides expert commentary. She explains how focusing on a number on the scale can become an addictive behavior that dictates one’s sense of self-worth and daily life. Cantor emphasizes the complex interplay of factors that can contribute to eating disorders, including personality traits, negative self-image, a desire for control, and harmful societal messages about weight and worth.

Kacey’s story highlights the importance of seeking help and support in recovering from an eating disorder. Through treatment and self-discovery, she realizes that her true purpose and value lie beyond a number on the scale.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Perfectionism and competitive drive can fuel disordered eating behaviors
  2. Comments about body size, especially during the vulnerable teenage years, can have a lasting negative impact on self-image
  3. Eating Disorders often develop as a way to cope with feelings of inadequacy, lack of control, and a negative self-image
  4. Recovery from an eating disorder requires professional help, support, and a shift in mindset towards valuing oneself beyond appearance or achievements
  5. Healing is possible through treatment, self-reflection, and reconnecting with one’s authentic purpose in life

This powerful episode sheds light on the complex nature of eating disorders and the importance of mental health awareness and treatment. Kacey’s brave testimony offers hope to those struggling, reminding them that they are not alone, and that recovery is possible.