HUFFINGTON POST
12/30/2011 01:28 pm ET

'Project HEAL': Teen Activists Honored For Fighting Eating Disorders

After struggling with eating disorders for years, two teenage girls have not only healed themselves, but are now helping heal others. Liana Rosenman from Commack, NY and Kristina Saffran from Queens were recently honored at Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year" awards for their work with the organization "Project Heal."

Liana and Kristina joined forces when they were both being treated for anorexia, and eventually created Project Heal, which stands for Help to: Eat, Accept and Live. Liana struggled with eating disorders for five years, and in college she was put on suicide watch when her parents took away her food measuring cup. Kristina, on the other hand, was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 10. On Project Heal's website, Kristina opens up about her nearly lifelong struggle with perfectionism and body image. She says: "My eating disorder began, rather innocuously, as a way to make myself 'perfect.' Where I had always viewed myself as, say, an eight out of 10, I wanted to make it a 10 out of 10."

Watch the above video to hear Liana discuss how they're helping hundreds of young women fight eating disorders.

If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders helpline at 1-800-931-2237, or visit theprojectheal.org.

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