03/25/2014 01:24 pm ET Updated Mar 25, 2014

My Addiction To Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How To Love Myself

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Exercise has always been an outlet for me. Whether heading to yoga after a long day at the office or jogging outdoors to unplug from my hyper-connected life, physical activity has always been my go-to method of winding down and re-centering. But while the benefits of exercise -- staying in shape, de-stressing -- are preached by many scientists and health professionals, it's a "prescription" that can be easily abused. Which is exactly what happened to me.

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