Star Running Back in Women’s Football Was Once Deeply Affected By Eating Disorder

A British-born black woman who is best known across the world as an American-style football player has a success story that is centered on healing, survival, and triumph.

Melissa Leng-Adams (pictured left and right) is a running back for the Great Britain Lions women’s football team in a multi-continental league called the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). This past spring, Leng-Adams, 25, helped her team dominate their competition on the path toward qualifying for a world championship.

Though the Great Britain Lions lost the chance to win it all in their previous season, better days are still yet to come for the competitive franchise. Leng-Adams has only been playing in the IFAF for a few years. However, her ascension to stardom in the world of professional athletics was not expected to happen, according to Leng-Adams.

The stout speed rusher recently did an exclusive interview with Madame Noire Magazine in which she discussed her teen year trials, unlikely professional football career, and successful experiences as a community advocate. Leng-Adams is the founder of  Ad Virtus UK.

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