By Von Lozon
FENTON, MI — Anxiety, an eating disorder and self-hate were the unlikely paths a Fenton woman took to tossing her clothes on national TV and appearing on a grueling episode of “Naked and Afraid.”
The show places a man and a woman, completely naked and with few tools, in the wilderness in various settings to see if they can endure for 21 days. The contestants’ bodies are partially blurred, but it’s clear they are exposed to the elements and insects wherever they land.
“The hardest part by far was the bugs; I still have wounds on my body that have not healed,” said 28-year-old Melissa Miller. “I probably got hundreds of mosquito bites the first night. We didn’t even sleep the first night. There were carnivorous insects that would feed off my open wounds at all times of the day. That’s why the nudity is so hard.”