Tess is recovering from an eating disorder (Picture: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Tess Holliday has shared that she is anorexic and in recovery from her eating disorder.
The 35-year-old opened up about her condition as she urged people not to comment on her ‘weight or perceived health’, as she is healing from anorexia nervosa.
The plus-size model tweeted: ‘I’m anorexic & in recovery. I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore. I’m the result of a culture that celebrates thinness & equates that to worth, but I get to write my own narrative now. I’m finally able to care for a body that I’ve punished my entire life & I am finally free.’
Tess began to receive comments about her weight, with trolls arguing she couldn’t be anorexic if she is fat.
She wrote: ‘Not the “but your fat how are you anorexic” comments [sic]. Y’all don’t know how science & body works huh. My technical diagnosis is anorexia nervosa & yes, I’m still not ashamed. I’m too damn happy for y’all to even come close to dimming my shine.’
Symptoms of anorexia include losing a lot of weight or keeping your weight much lower than what is healthy for your age and weight, missing meals, exercising excessively, lying about what you have eaten and experiencing fear about your weight.
Tess, who started the #effyourbeautystandards movement in 2013, shared a post on Instagram explaining how unhelpful it is to comment on somebody’s perceived health, after she received comments about her weight loss.
She wrote: ‘To everyone that keeps saying “you’re looking healthy lately” or “You are losing weight, keep it up!” Stop.
‘Don’t. Comment. On. My. Weight. Or. Perceived. Health. Keep. It. To. Yourself. Thanks✌🏻
‘Yes, I’ve lost weight — I’m healing from an eating disorder & feeding my body regularly for the first time in my entire life. When you equate weight loss with “health” & place value & worth on someone’s size, you are basically saying that we are more valuable now because we are smaller & perpetuating diet culture… & that’s corny as hell. NOT here for it.
‘For folks like me that are trying to reframe our relationships with our bodies & heal, hearing comments about weight is triggering as hell. It sets us back in our progress — and when people working on themselves see you commenting to me that way, it hurts THEM, not just me. I can take it (I shouldn’t have to, but I can) but they didn’t ask for that trauma, ok? If you can’t tell someone they look nice without making it about their size, then baby, please don’t say nuthin at all.’
Fans and friends commended Tess for speaking out in the comments section.
Tess – who came out as pansexual in 2019 – has long been forced to defend her weight, with many critics accusing her of glorifying obesity with her successful modelling career.
Back in 2018, the mother-of-two appeared on the front of Cosmopolitan, and the shoot was nominated for cover of the year – something that angered Piers Morgan.
The then-Good Morning Britain star said: ‘To put it in context, she’s 110 lbs heavier than me, she’s 11 inches smaller. And that is a body positive image to be celebrated and winning awards?
‘If Tess Holliday goes to a doctor, he doesn’t celebrate her 300lb size, he says to her you’re morbidly obese and you’re going to die if you don’t do something about her weight. That’s the reality check behind this ridiculous celebration of someone who’s morbidly obese.’
Tess, however, remained unfussed by his comments and suggested she be invited on the show to confront his views.
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