“I slept 12 hours a night and was tired”

Rachel Finch fought for a long time against the CAWs. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Many eating disorders remain very mysterious to the general public, as well as their symptoms and consequences. Rachel Finch, the former Miss Universe contender, would like to warn about what she experienced: extreme fatigue linked to a very rare diet.

Model and TV presenter Rachel Finch was the audience’s choice in the 2006 Miss Australia Teenage contest. Three years later, in 2009, she was the third Miss Universe runner-up, Miss Venezuela. A major victory for the young woman who spent her teenage battling an eating disorder, who revealed to Women Health magazine that she used to starve herself to lose weight, which had dire consequences for his health.

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She previously told the magazine, “I went through a very unhealthy phase where I did too much exercise, and didn’t eat enough. I internalized the fact that I was too heavy and too big.” To determine that at that time, I went to bed at 7 pm, exhausted, only to wake up 12 hours later, at 7 am. All while I had the impression I had a sleepless night: “I always woke up tired.”

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This is not surprising: physical exhaustion and the need to sleep for long hours are actually common symptoms of eating disorders, especially anorexia. Without nutrients, the body does not have enough fuel to function and therefore needs long periods of rest. Combined with the self-imposed extreme sports Rachel Finch, this lack of food deprived her of all her energy. This wasn’t the only finding: “I’ve been missing my period for over two years. Looking back, I tell myself, ‘Of course it didn’t.'” My body was not working as it should. He wasn’t getting what he needed.”

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For Rachel Finch, this interview was an opportunity to break taboos around eating disorders and the perils of the perennial quest for thinness. “You have to learn to follow the rhythm of your body, and that rhythm will not necessarily be the same as the person next to you. It is a long journey, one that requires experimentation, and teaching others to respect how to take care of your body.”

A lack of restorative sleep can have health consequences as well as mental health. Poor sleep lowers immune defenses, increases risk of cardiovascular disease, alters psychological functions, affects muscle activity, and prevents a healthy weight from stabilizing. In some cases, this leads to consuming more food for energy, and thus leads to the risk of weight gain. In other cases, on the contrary, it prompts those concerned to skip meals so that they can sleep more. Which is bad either way.

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