Tess Holliday says that she is anorexic. The plus size model recently discussed the challenges of anorexia and some of the misconceptions that people have about the disorder. In fact, Tess admitted that she had “no idea” she could be struggling with anorexia before she was diagnosed with the condition. Here’s what she has to say.
Tess, who became the first size 22 model to sign with a major agency in 2015, says she is now “healthier and happier” than ever before after dealing with the condition but also says that the media usually portrays people with anorexia as being “extremely underweight.”
Tess Holliday Claims She Is Anorexic
Tess told Good Morning Britain in an interview that at one point in her life she wanted a “badge of honor that I was this person in a larger body not eating. But that’s part of why I had no idea that I could even struggle with anorexia.”
The model explained, “So you know, that’s part of why I wanted to share my story, because I know my body very well, I knew myself very well. So to hear that I could be, you know, living in a larger body and struggling with a disorder that’s been presented differently really threw me for a loop, and I figured other people were dealing with the same thing.”
Tess also admitted that she has been struggling with eating disorders her entire life.
She said, “I restricted, I wouldn’t eat, I would go sometimes an entire day without eating anything. But the reality is, you know, if someone that can be as knowledgeable about their body and body positivity and loving yourself, if I can be struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia, I know that there’s other people that are dealing with it.”
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