Ali Hougnou

Provo, UT

I am currently a senior at UVU, soon to graduate with my Bachelor's of science degree in psychology. I plan on attending graduate school where I will attain a masters degree in social work. I struggled with anorexia nervosa for over 8 years, and in my recovery process I have found a strong desire to help others overcome their struggles with eating disorders, body image issues, low self-esteem, trauma, experiences with bullying, and so on. I have overcome a lot of my own battles with all of those topics previously mentioned (and more), and I want to help others realize that although their lives may be miserable and feel unbearable, there is hope that it DOES get better and they are certainly NOT alone. We live in a world that constantly reminds us we are not good enough as we are...I am on a mission to help others recognize the incredible potential they possess to achieve the things they often dream of, as well as realizing the beauty that radiates both in and outside of each and every one of us.

My journey has been quite long, filled with highs and lows, positives and negatives, lapses and relapses, and so on. Nevertheless, both experiences have helped me become the young woman I am today. I hope that by sharing my own personal struggles/feats, I can inspire others to begin believing in themselves, which largely involves challenging the negative ideologies promoted by our society.

Project H.E.A.L (Help to: Eat, Accept, and Live) is an amazing non-profit organization that seeks to raise funds to send individuals with eating disorders to treatment, promote positive body image, educate the community about eating disorders, act as recovery mentors, and MUCH more! I founded the Utah chapter of Project H.E.A.L in February 2013. For more information about the Utah chapter, visit our website https://sites.google.com/site/projecthealutahchapter/

  • Work
    • Founder at Project H.E.A.L- Utah Chapter
  • Education
    • Utah Valley University