After overcoming eating disorder, Webster woman works to help others

April 22, 2019 07:40 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After overcoming an eating disorder that almost took her life, a Webster woman and her mom are organizing a walk to help others.

Christina Humbert was only 13 years old when it began. As a multi-sport athlete, her exercise habits became unhealthy.


She said at the time, her coaches praised what became an obsession that would only get worse.

As the competition for college scholarships increased, she found herself struggling with an eating disorder.

“Once in college, playing lacrosse, the intensity picked up and my eating disorder spiraled out of control,” explained Humbert.

It led to a terrifying moment in 2014.

“On Halloween night, I got a call that she was unresponsive at school. At 11 at night, the call was she was in the emergency room. It was the tipping point where her roommate said ‘either you tell your mom, or I will,’” recalled her mom, Joan Cunningham.

Christina was able to get treatment, traveling out of state for care.

Now, she has been in recovery for two years and is studying to become a physician assistant while also working as a yoga instructor.

Christina and her mom are organizing Rochester’s first-ever walk with the National Eating Disorders Association.

The initial goal of $10,000 was quickly met, so the team is doubling its goal to $20,000.

The NEDA walk will be held on Sunday, April 28 at Seneca Park. The check-in time is scheduled for 10 a.m. There will be a raffle, live music and entertainment. There is no fee to register. 

Already, the mom-daughter duo has been contacted by other people who say Christina's story has encouraged them to get treatment.

“Your eating disorder makes you want to feel that you’re alone, that you’re not loved, that you’re not worthy.  Seeing and getting that reinforcement that ‘Hey, you’re supported, you’re loved, you’re enough’ and all these people around you are going to constantly remind you of that, is so healing and so therapeutic,” expressed Humbert. 

You can find information on the walk in Rochester here


Stephanie Robusto

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