Maeve Madden bravely speaks about frigthening reason she was not diagnosed with an eating disorder



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Fitness and health guru Maeve Madden has opened up about her battle with an eating disorder in the past.

The Northern Irish social media sensation revealed the frightening reality that she was not diagnosed with an eating disorder because she never appeared to be underweight enough.

Since overcoming her struggles, Maeve has been a passionate advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and through her online community, Queen’s Don’t Quit, she has been helping women to become fitter, healthier, stronger and more confident.

Speaking to The Irish Mirror, the 32-year-old said: ‘Eating disorders, or disordered eating, you don’t have to be super tiny or absolute skin and bone to have a problem.’



a person posing for a picture: Maeve Madden has bravely spoken about her health in the past. Pic: Brian McEvoy


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Maeve Madden has bravely spoken about her health in the past. Pic: Brian McEvoy

The actress the publication that she was never officially diagnosed with an eating disorder because she was not ‘the BMI’.

The best-selling author explained: ‘And I remember when I was actually really underweight, and my BMI was probably just under, but I looked like skin and bone.’

‘But that wasn’t the issue, because I wasn’t severely under… So, I suppose nobody thought anything was wrong, but mentally I was in a very dark place.’



a woman standing in front of a window: Maeve Madden. Pic: Conor Healy


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Maeve Madden. Pic: Conor Healy

The London-based beauty also opened up about the intense pressure she placed on herself while working as a model and how she believed that she had to stay ‘tiny’ to keep booking jobs.

She added that she wanted to share her story because she never had the opportunity to: ‘And that’s why, like, I usually post it, when you look at my feed, about every 18 squares, just to kind of remind people constantly, what they are going through. You can get help.’

The former dancer recently announced the exciting news of her engagement, to the surprise and delight of her fans.



a close up of a person wearing a hat: Maeve Madden was overjoyed with her scenic engagement Pic: Instagram


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Maeve Madden was overjoyed with her scenic engagement Pic: Instagram

In a recent Q&A with her followers on Instagram, Maeve revealed that she had absolutely no clue her fiancé was going to propose.

When quizzed about where she would be getting married, she enthused: ‘100 per cent definitely getting married in Ireland.’

If you have been affected by the issues in this article, or you would like to talk to someone, contact Samaritans by phoning 116 123.

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