Zumba Helped Me Overcome An Eating Disorder

“While Zumba classes are surely the primary weight-loss transformation tool, my story is a little bit different.

I have been a very active person my whole life. I’ve always loved many physical activities, including running and karate. Unfortunately, two years ago I got caught by Anorexia Nervosa. My weight plummeted to an unhealthy 95 pounds. I lost control and I knew that this was not the right way to maintain my life. And there was no way I could keep up with all of the physical activity I loved while battling anorexia.

Before my battle with anorexia started, I had begun taking Zumba classes. It was the most positive and upbeat physical activity I had ever done! I knew that if I did not recover from anorexia and regain the weight I needed to gain, I would have to give up Zumba classes as well. That was the last thing I wanted to happen because those classes were such a positive aspect of my life.

Through many ups and downs and throughout a two year battle, I have been able to gain more than 20 pounds and am happier than I have ever been. I recently acquired a license to teach Zumba classes as it is now my mission to spread this vibe to many others around me. From my point of view, Zumba is cheaper and more effective than therapy!”

– Maija Olšteina, licensed Zumba® Instructor; overcame her own weight battles through dancing and positivity

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