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LPGA's Recari promotes eating disorder awareness

Beatriz Recari
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SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 26: Alastair Forsyth and Colin Montgomerie of Scotland during the press conference at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at the Mission Hills Resort on November 26, 2008 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)  - 

Beatriz Recari is going more public with her past health struggles by accepting a new role as “ambassador” for The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.

Recari, 25, struggled with an eating disorder early in her professional career. While playing the Ladies European Tour back in ’07, Recari became so weak going without eating that she struggled to walk, dropped to near 100 pounds and lost half of her hair.

“This is a cause that really resonates with me, as I was able to overcome an eating disorder to find a healthy balance in my life and ultimately find success on the LPGA Tour,” Recari said in a statement Tuesday announcing her new role. “I am proud to represent The Alliance, and I hope that by sharing my story, I am able to have a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Recari first made her struggle public two years ago at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup when she revealed her winnings would be donated to The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.

“It started for me, when you're growing up, everything that you see out there is whether it's going to make you fat or not,” Recari said back at the Founders Cup in 2011. “Or, you have to stay thin, because that is associated with being successful, and that's what you see in all the people trying to lose weight and everything. You hear it constantly, not only in magazines, but just out there on the street.

“And when I was growing up, I didn't understand. All of a sudden, I was like, ‘Why didn't you eat that biscuit?’ Because it's going to make me fat. So that's how I started. I had that experience. I am very healthy now.”

Recari is off to a strong start to the new season. She tied for fourth in the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and tied for third in the Honda LPGA Thailand. She has one LPGA title and one LET title and is ranked No. 45 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.