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" My parents were both from the East and had moved to San Francisco only so my father could go to law school there. "
" You have to find a balance with food in your life - you can't take out food. It can be absolutely terrifying. "
" Many women who have anorexia put their hearts in a compromised situation. "
" But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I've come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current. "
" Life is full of change and uncertainty. We know this. We experience it on a daily basis. "
" I am not naturally that thin, so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight. "
" I feel like it's my responsibility to honestly cover a lot of subjects in part because I have two little girls and I really want them when they grow up to have a voice. "
" Just as young people absorb all kinds of messages from the media, young girls learn what it means to be a woman by watching the older women in their lives. "
" My weight fluctuated when I was 30, and I did the unthinkable - I stepped out as a plus-sized model. "
" Just because you're a different size doesn't mean you're sitting on the couch eating bonbons all day long watching TV. "
" It not unusual for women with anorexia to suffer heart attacks. "
" We come in many different shapes and sizes, and we need to support each other and our differences. Our beauty is in our differences. "
" Motherhood has brought me many joys and insights, but the new perspective it granted me on the role I had inadvertently played in young women's lives for the 2 decades I spent in the modeling industry was downright sobering. "
" I'm proud that today, at 43 years old, I've come to value the aging process and focus on inner rather than outer beauty. "
" Anorexia was there for me before I got into modeling, but because of the arena and the demands, the disease really got out of control for me. It's like being an alcoholic and going and being a bartender. "
" The pressure was if I didn't get into that dress size someone else would - someone else would get the job. "
" My doctor felt that the main contributing factor was so many years of malnutrition, especially during my formative years, even before I got into modeling. "
" My daughters, your daughters, our daughters deserve safety, protection, and the freedom to make their own choices about their personal lives and their physical selves. "
" I had dropped out of school and was a runaway, so I didn't have family to fall back on if I didn't work. I didn't have a lot of other options of making money other than modeling. "
" In the past, I often found that when I reached out for a fast cure it led me down a slippery slope of more medications, hopeful dependence on the next prescription and ultimately a much longer drawn-out illness. "
" I bicycle 12,000-foot mountain passes, run, cross train, skate-ski, hike and mountain bike. "
" I had my first seizure, and I had to go in for heart surgery. "
" I think that we can't deny the public's want for balancing out the images that are out there depicting women. Not all of us are 17 and a size two. "
" I did some great work with my Calvin Klein ads on the motorcycle. It was really groundbreaking because people hadn't seen a woman actually riding a motorcycle before. "
" I was born in 1968, just eighteen months after my sister Chrisse and just one year after Dad passed the bar exam. "