Social media can be a tool where artists discuss taboo issues. Just this week actor Mawra Hocane and actor-director Adnan Malik took to social media and confessed they struggle with anxiety issues.
The recent celebrity to join this list is actress Armeena Rana Khan. Taking to Instagram, Khan revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder and how she coped with it.
“I’d been deliberating whether to post this or not for a while. It’s high-time I shared a SMALL snippet of my journey with you,” she wrote. “So this decade, I conquered eating disorders (exacerbated by my media job), anxiety (nearly) and low self-esteem (that’s right, I had it). Here I was a size 00 weighed 39 kgs and severely malnourished. I was very sick.”
The actress went on say that she is “sharing this story NOT as a victim but as a VICTOR” and now, after she has overcome these struggles, she calls them as some of her “BIGGEST achievements these last few years”.
Khan added, “I am happy in my skin now, I meditate and I eat healthy and I have a general feeling of well-being. The purpose is to tell you all that you are beautiful no matter what shape or size you are, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The most important thing in this world is your health. To all those suffering from these horrible ailments, I’m sending you BIG hugs, positive energy and I pray that you may prevail. Ameen.”
Besides opening up about her issues, the actress also uploaded advice from different health experts as a way to help out those who are still struggling. In one post Armeena uploaded screenshots by Dr Faryal Rehman, who gave advice on what makes for healthy diet while the other expert, a Dubai-based trainer and nutritionist, Qaiser Khan, shared tips on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Khan further encouraged her fans to take screenshots of the tips and take as little or as much from them as they wanted. “It is your journey and remember good health isn’t about starving yourselves/fad diets or shortcuts! It needs consistency and requires hard work. You can do it if you put your mind to it. If you want to be healthy then there are things and habits that you’ll have to alter/change forever. Good Luck!”