A newly formed support group in Owensboro called Aubrey’s Song is raising awareness about eating disorders and developing local resources for treatment.
The band is in memory of Aubrey Michelle Clark, who began battling an eating disorder in college and lost her life to complications from the disease in 2005 at the age of 22.
One of Aubrey’s Song’s board members is Hillary Bacon, a therapist who works in crisis mental health services at LifeSkills in Bowling Green. Bacon, 28, knows firsthand the insidious way an eating disorder develops.
“It was more and more exercise with less and less fuel, until I was finally in the gym for a few hours a day with very little to no food.”
Bacon decided to eat healthier and develop an exercise routine, so she took a women’s weightlifting class as a student at Western Kentucky University. She drastically restricted her food intake, as well as extended hours in the gym, and the combination caused her to lose weight rapidly.
She realized her perceptions were warped and she finally called her parents.
Bacon developed anorexia during his sophomore year of college. She spent several working with a therapist, physical therapist and dietitian and balancing her diet and perspective.
She says she has now recovered from anorexia and has achieved the balance and normal life she has been working towards for years.
After becoming a licensed clinical social worker, Bacon pursued doctoral studies in clinical social work.
Note: Aubrey’s Song meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Logsdon Center in Owensboro. The group is for friends and families of people with eating disorders. For more information, call 270-852-6514.