Sadie Robertson Reveals Heartbreaking Struggle With Eating Disorder

Sadie Robertson is one of the most beloved members of the “Duck Dynasty” cast, and like the rest of her family, she always speaks her mind and never hides anything from her fans.

On her blog “Live Original,” Robertson chronicles the daily struggles of her walk with faith in the limelight, and encourages her fans to always seek and trust in God. She also lays bare some of her most personal testaments, and in her most recent blog post she revealed that immediately after her run on “Dancing With the Stars,” she “struggled with an eating problem connected to a negative body image for about a year.”

That Robertson struggled with an eating disorder will likely come as a surprise to many. But as she writes, she felt “led to share after recently finding out that 97 % of women have struggled with negative body image issues.” Additionally, Robertson explains that her eating disorder stemmed from something that millions of people struggle with daily: anxiety and fear. And, as is often the case with eating disorders, it developed out of a desperate need for control:

“I have heard it said that people develop eating disorders because it is something they can control in their life. That makes so much sense in my case, because during this particular time, so much in my life felt out of my control.”

Robertson reveals that her obsession with her body image became so bad that, “At least five times a day, I would wrap my hands around my thighs, making sure they hadn’t grown beyond what I could reach.” It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone as faithful and strong as Robertson struggled with something so dark, but it just goes to prove that this can happen to anyone.

But what’s even more amazing about Robertson’s post is that she doesn’t place blame on anyone for her struggle. Instead, she owns up to the fact that she had misplaced her self-worth in her social media presence and “allowed all of my ugly thoughts and insecurities to manifest a spirit of fear, jealousy and deception, and it stopped me from seeing the world around me clearly.” But when Robertson remembered that true beauty lies in the heart – and with God – she was able to overcome the disorder:

“If it means being ‘less beautiful’ in the world’s eyes, that’s okay with me. As long as I still get to seek out real beauty – the kind that is found in God’s word, and is painted out in the world before me. I will gladly lay myself down at the feet of the Creator, not only to encounter more of the beauty He created in me but to experience the creation He surrounds me with.”

What a beautiful testament and message for Robertson’s young fans: Place your self-worth in God, not in what you see in the mirror or on social media, and you’ll find true happiness.

H/T: Liftable

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Ann is a conservative political blogger whose work has appeared on Bleacher Report and America Liberty PAC. Nothing angers her more than the Nanny State and taxes. Prior to making the jump to political writing she worked in web marketing and sports writing; now she utilizes the skills gained in those industries to broaden the impact of conservative media and fight back against political correctness and liberal elitism.

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  • What "fat" Sadie, you have none & are an absolutely beautiful young woman who is an inspiration to other young women!

  • God blesses you Sadie but YOU need to grow a spine and STOP blaming your failures on an "eating disorder".


    Her whimpering and cries sound like a bunch of liberal crap.


  • Sadie Robertson is just trying to get media publicity. She's just trying to wring sympathy for herself. Sadie sounds like a liberal crybaby. "Waa-waa! I have an eating disorder. Boo-hoo"

  • You go girl. To anyone who is responding unkindly about eating disorders don't judge unless you know what it's like.

  • You answer is so much BS. Girl should grow a spine and not BLAME her failures on an "eating disorder". Your answer sounds like so much liberal crap.

  • Sadie, I know the battles you are facing. Just know you aren't alone and there are plenty of other girls who have faced and still facing your battle or even worse. Only God can bring you through this. Remember you are an over comer, the head and not the tail, blessed going in and when you come out. Looking at that picture, I didn't see any fat on you. I thought you looked gorgeous. Don't listen to others. Listen to God. By the way, I loved your movie "Sun, Sand and Romance." I have watched it 4 or 5 times now, however many times Hallmark showed it. You are a beautiful young lady with a bright future. Just remember to put God first always. Love you, Hon.

  • Young lady, what I see in you is this, the creator of life gave you a , awesome family, love, mercy, faith, beauty, intelligence. The bible states we will go through trials and tribulations, bind the devils attempt to destroy you in the name of God almighty. He has a bigger and better life for you. Blessings sent. My name is Rev. Royce Beasley

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