Tess Holliday Reveals She’s Been Battling Anorexia Nervosa
Model and body positivity activist Tess Holliday recently opened up about her private battle with anorexia nervosa. The 35 year old says she’s frustrated with people constantly focussing on the size of her body and wishes they would stop.
Sharing a series of photos on Instagram, the recently separated mother of two, set things straight in her caption: “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✌🏻”
Tess chose to reveal a bit more about her journey on Twitter: “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.”
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 H🍒lliday (@Tess_Holliday) May 1, 2021
Going further to explain why her weight loss shouldn’t be celebrated, the model shared her recent health struggles: ”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 were super supportive of the model for sharing her story posting comments such as: “Keep doing you!! Much love and blessings to you!” However there were those who questioned how she could ‘possibly have anorexia being the size’ she is. To which Tess quickly responded, putting them in their place.
Not the “but your fat how are you anorexic” comments. 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.
— Tess H🍒lliday (@Tess_Holliday) May 2, 2021
Images: Instagram & Twitter