Recounting her own personal battle with bulimia, the Prime Minister’s 41-year-old wife discussed how the same pressures that encouraged her illness in her teens are still present for girls today. “We tell girls to be themselves, but then they have role models — sometimes too many role models — in popular culture who incarnate that kind of disconnectedness from oneself,” explains Grégoire Trudeau.
Silvia Fascians hasn’t always looked like the fit and healthy 22-year-old you see on her Instagram account. Days spent lifting weights at the gym and preparing healthy snacks in her kitchen used to be filled with obsessing over what she ate and the brutal examination of any tiny bit of fat on her body.
In 2014, only 10,000 people were receiving treatment for eating disorders, according to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.