Woman Uses Bodybuilding to Beat Anorexia

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 7:53am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

A Connecticut woman is hoping to use her lifelong struggle with anorexia to make a difference for others. Sue Daigle is in the middle of training for competition. "It's just healthy and I just believe in it," said Daigle.

She's an award-winning body builder. This is a big difference from what her body used to look like. "I just started dieting and I saw myself losing. When I started losing, I liked it and I kept going, kept going," said Daigle. "I never thought I was skinny enough."

That was the beginning of her battle with anorexia, nearly 40 years ago at the age of 12. As an adult, there was a time when she only weighed 80 pounds.

"It got to a point that I was afraid to even let food touch my mouth," she said. Then she found body building ... a sport that requires good nutrition. "As a body builder you have to eat often and even my trainer often tells me, 'go home and eat,'" she said. Sue's trainer is Jonathan Hunt. He knows all about her troubles with eating. "It's a struggle. It's a battle," he said. "But she's really finding a purpose for it and she's becoming more comfortable with it." People don't realize how hard it is when you're battling it.

She says the struggle with anorexia is always there, but she's found body building as a way out. "It's an achievement. And it's not with drugs, it's just with hard training and eating. Eating right," she said.

Hunt said, "She's definitely an inspiration. She really is."