Russian former number 1 in the world, Dinara Safina, gave an interview to the North American website Tennis and talked about her struggle with her scales and how eating disorders forced her to give up tennis at age 28.
Safina said that she faced a 10-year battle with eating disorders: “What stopped me from returning was that physically I struggled with my body weight. I was struggling with anxiety and binge eating disorder. I was constantly overweight and couldn’t lose it even though I worked so hard to do so,” she said.
“I tried different diets and nothing worked and playing with 30 extra kilos is not easy. For me, that was one of the main reasons why I never tried to get back on the court, and it was a difficult time for me, because I wasn’t physically as I was, and people said I had gained weight and so on,” he continued. explaining.
Runner-up at the Australian Open in 2009 and Roland Garros in 2008 and 2009, Safina says that her fight against compulsion lasted until the Covid pandemic in 2020.
“It’s no secret, but at the same time, I don’t want it to be a story where people read it as if I felt so bad and cried about it,” she clarified.
“I want people to understand that this can happen to anyone. Everyone has their problems, their fears, and it is normal, when facing them, to feel like you are alone in this world and no one else understands. Many people went through the same things. There is always light in the end and it is important to remember that you are not alone”, he highlights.
At the moment, Safina completely rules out returning to the court, but not working outside, even as a coach: “For now, I’m honestly happy and I would prefer to help others. When I think about what my mission in life is, maybe at one point it was tennis, but now it could be helping other people achieve those results without making the mistakes I made.”
Important: If you find yourself in Dinara Safina’s health situation, where eating has become a problem, something boring or meaningless for you, seek specialized help and ask your doctor for a referral to a team of nutritionists.
For SUS users, there are regional programs maintained by the Ministry of Health to treat patients. Look for the health center closest to your home.