Ep. 08: Breaking Down Stigmas with Tracey Croner

On this episode of UnNiched, we’re talking about eating disorders. Join Andrea as she talks to Tracy Croner about her mission to bring more awareness and acceptance to the issues of mental health and eating disorders. Tracey is a regional marketing manager for Orangetheory Fitness, a former collegiate athlete, and she has struggled with an eating disorder most of her life. In the United States, about 20 million women will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. And women and girls are twice as likely as men to have an eating disorder. Why? Well, the why is different for everyone. But the pressure put on women to achieve certain ideals, meet specific goals, or to balance an overwhelming mental, physical, and emotional load can certainly contribute to the problem.


Show Notes & References


Tracey Croner is an advocate for bringing more awareness to mental health and eating disorders in hopes of breaking the stigma today's society has given this issue. Tracey is a former collegiate athlete, a sister, a daughter, a friend, and someone who has struggled with an eating disorder most of her life.

She discovered her passion to tell her story after her first stint in an eating disorder treatment center where she learned more about herself and the “why” behind all of the negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions that were controlling her daily.

Tracey is a regional marketing manager for Orangetheory Fitness.  Through Orangetheory, Tracey has found a platform to inspire the community by raising mental and health awareness issues with individuals and organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina. As someone who struggles with an eating disorder, Orangetheory has helped Tracey maintain a healthy relationship with fitness and her overall well-being after her treatment. Tracey credits Orangetheory and her Orangetheory family with saving her life at her lowest and keeping her motivated to see her recovery through a broad lens based on their organizational mission of giving people "more life" inside and outside the studio.  Tracey also works with local and national charities to host fundraisers.

Tracey was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 “Future Leaders of Charlotte by Elevate Lifestyle and Suite.  She blogs about her battle with an eating disorder at TLCunmaskED and she continues to live life based on her favorite Brene Brown quote, “Choose discomfort over regret.”  By living courageously, openly, and authentically, Tracey’s goal is to be a positive influence for other brave individuals battling an eating disorder day in and day out.