On episode 475 of the Rich Roll Podcast, OCR turned ultra-trail runner Amelia Boone reflects on her journey after opening up to the public about her eating disorder. Titled Amelia Boone is a human being (and still a badass), Roll sparks conversation that highlights Boone’s athletic and career success juxtaposed with the realities of internal struggle. The two share openly about eating disorders, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), and the complexities of healing in today’s world.
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I’ve been asked a lot about why I opened up about going through eating disorder recovery as an athlete. Why would I take that risk? Why air my dirty laundry to the world? Why not just deal with the problem behind closed doors? . While he didn’t know it at the time, @richroll was a huge inspiration for me talk about the hard things. I listened to his show, read his book, related to SO much (we were even attorneys at the same law firm!) While our disorders and coping mechanisms manifested in different ways, people like Rich who shared their messiness gave me courage to not only go back into treatment, but to do the same. . So that’s why I talk about it. Because we all have our sht, and the least I can do is to pay it forward to the next person to do the same. Like Rich did for me. . Rich and I recorded this conversation back when I was fresh out of treatment, so it’s raw and I’m super nervous to find the words at times. It’s incredible for me to reflect back on how much I’ve grown in recovery even since then. . Link is in my bio. Thank you, Rich, for the opportunity, and for everyone who takes the time to listen and learn. And to those who share your story in return. Let’s keep paying it forward. #edrecovery 📸: @pranalens
The episode was recorded in July, and since then Boone has raced Spartan World Championships in Tahoe and 180K (112 miles) at Big’s Backyard Ultra. Although recovery is never linear, Boone is honest and real about the ups and downs of her experiences. Boone is transparent about what an eating disorder means to her, while making distinctions between the disorder, disordered eating, and body images issues.