Tess Holliday, a celebrated plus-size model, has revealed her struggle with her weight. In a candid social media post, the model explained that she is “anorexic and in recovery” as a result of decades of struggling with her weight and her body image. Although Holliday has inspired thousands of people as a body positivity activist, she continues to struggle with her personal issues around the way she looks and what her scale says.
“I’m anorexic and in recovery. I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore,” the model tweeted. “I’m the result of a culture that celebrates thinness and 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, and I am finally free.”
The model followed up her post with more information about her health condition and what she wants from fans to help her during recovery.
“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,” she wrote. I’m healing from an eating disorder and feeding my body regularly for the first time in my entire life.”
She added, “When you equate weight loss with ‘health’ and place value and worth on someone’s size, you are basically saying that we are more valuable now because we are smaller and perpetuating diet culture… and that’s corny as hell. NOT here for it.”
Holliday, a mother of two, confessed that people’s comments about her weight are triggering both for her and other people on social media.
“For folks like me that are trying to reframe our relationships with our bodies and heal, hearing comments about weight is triggering as hell,” she said. “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?”
She concluded her viral social media post with a stark warning for all – especially those who have the best of intentions: “If you can’t tell someone they look nice without making it about their size, then baby, please don’t say nuthin at all.”
Lots of people responded to the model’s post. Comments largely expressed gratitude to the plus-size model for being honest and open about her health struggle.
“Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Over the last two years, encouraged by an ex, I’ve been, for the most part starving myself,” one person commented. “I went from 380 to 240, but everyone made it a positive thing I’d didn’t realize it could be a problem.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying this. I am as well,” another shared. “However not being a skinny-minnie has me all wrapped up in my head about it. So hard to describe how it feels. I have a good friend who applauds me when I finish just a sandwich.”
What do you think about this model’s comments?
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