In 2008, at just 16 years old, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson won four medals including one gold for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics. While the world watched Shawn excel on the outside, internally she was privately suffering from a severe eating disorder. Societal pressures and public scrutiny only worsened her insecurities around weight and it would be years before she realized that she could even ask for help. In this episode, Shawn tells Alex about her incredible highs and lows as a teenager in the spotlight, and how she finally found mental and physical health, as well as career success, after finally learning to ask for help.
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