Gymnast Aly Raisman speaks out on eating disorders at Expo - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Gymnast Aly Raisman speaks out on eating disorders

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Aly Raisman is a gold medal Olympian from the Bay State and she used her experience to help young people fight eating disorders at the 7News Health and Fitness Expo on Sunday.

The Needham native is busy training for the 2016 games and she also is busy taking on the fight against eating disorders.

"Today unfortunately everyone knows someone or has seen someone who's struggling with an eating disorder and especially today there is such an obsession with being skinny and looking a certain way so I hope I can inspire men and women of all ages to be confident," Raisman said.

Raisman said that instead of concentrating on the negative and dieting, she emphasizes living a health and active lifestyle while looking at the positives.

"There are obviously days when I don't feel as good as I would like to or I feel a little bit more insecure, but I always try the start the day off with instead of looking in the mirror and picking out things I don't like about myself, I try the pick out three things that I like about myself and I feel like that starts my day off on a really positive note," she said.

Audience members said that her message was getting through.

"I think what Aly said, that inside beauty is just as important," said Olivia Ricard, a 13-year-old gymnast.

"It's great that Aly is on board and she is promoting it. She did a great talk today and I think it's great for the girls to realize that it doesn't matter what size you are," said Jennifer Lambert, who has a 13-year-old daughter.

"Strong is the new skinny, I think that's so amazing. I love when I see women that are fit and I think strong is not only about the way you look but also your mentality, the way you feel," Raisman said.
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