This week, Tess Holiday said she is recovering from anorexia. The model and activist posted the revelation on Twitter and Instagram, apparently in response to comments about her recent weight loss. Comments like these can be extremely unlocking for anyone recovering from an eating disorder (ED), she explained.
“I am anorexic and recovering. I am no longer ashamed to say it out loud, “Tweet tweeted on May 1.” I am the result of a culture that celebrates weakness and equates it with value, but now I can write my own story. I can finally take care of a body that I have punished all my life and I am finally free. “
Holiday, who has been calling for fat phobia, weight discrimination and trolling concerns for her health for years, said this message in an Instagram post on May 2. To anyone who keeps saying “you look healthy lately”
Her weight has changed as she practices regular diets to help her body recover from the restrictive diet that characterizes anorexia, she explained. “Yes, I have lost weight – I am being treated for an eating disorder and I am feeding my body regularly for the first time in my life.”
The model set out for followers, why exactly linking weight and health is so harmful: It promotes the slim ideal, fat phobia and food culture. “When you equate weight loss with ‘health’ and the value and value of one’s size, you’re basically saying that we’re more valuable now because we’re smaller and we continue the diet culture … and that’s scary. NOT here for that. “
In fact, research tells us that the link between body weight and health is a lot more layered and complex than our popular understanding, SELF reported earlier. The idea that someone is automatically healthy because they are thin or automatically unhealthy because they are fat is both simplistic and severely misinformed by weight in medicine and dietetics.
Holiday also explained why focusing on someone’s appearance, including making comments or compliments on weight loss, is especially triggering for people recovering from ED. “For people like me who are trying to restructure their relationships with their bodies and heal, hearing comments about weight starts like hell. That brings us back to our progress, “Holiday wrote.