“I AM FINALLY FREE” The Biggest Supermodel Finally Celebrates Her Body After Winning a Battle With an Eating Disorder

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According to statistics, at least 9% of people worldwide have eating disorders. Model Tess Holliday has been open about the struggles of her journey with anorexia nervosa that once held her back from experiencing true freedom and happiness. She’s an inspiration for others to seek help and prioritize their mental health. Through her resilience and advocacy, she has helped to foster a greater acceptance and understanding of this issue.

A diagnosis that opened a lot of challenges

Tess Holliday, a renowned model, revealed that she has been diagnosed with atypical anorexia nervosa, which is a variation of the well-known eating disorder. Atypical anorexia nervosa is commonly seen in people who were previously overweight and are now fixated on losing more weight through excessive dieting and exercising, leading to severe stress on the body, despite being in a healthy weight range.

In May 2021, Tess Holliday bravely took to Twitter to reveal the news and said, “I’m anorexic and in recovery. I’m finally able to care for a body that I’ve punished my entire life, and I am finally free.” In her tweet, she acknowledged that she used to be ashamed to speak out about her eating disorder due to societal pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards.

The adversity continues but she remains resilient.

However, when Holliday disclosed her eating disorder diagnosis in May 2021, she faced severe backlash and accusations that she was seeking attention to stay relevant. She said, “I laughed because I know it’s untrue, but it’s so indicative of what a large problem this is.” Holliday shared her disappointment and mentioned how this highlights the critical issue of people not taking eating disorders seriously.

The hardships she’s had to endure

She has been open about her struggles with anorexia nervosa since her diagnosis almost a year ago. She shared how challenging her recovery has been, saying that she has taken many steps backward and has regressed. She said, “I haven’t eaten today. It’s 11 o’clock, I’ve had 2 sips of coffee, and I feel sick. This has been extremely hard on my mental and physical health.”

In her post, she also addressed the weight stigma attached to the term “atypical” and expressed her hope for a future where the term is no longer in use. She even encouraged people who may be experiencing similar challenges to seek help, and she provided information about organizations that can offer support.

Nothing is sweeter than the freedom of self-acceptance.

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Tess Holliday’s candidness about her ongoing struggles with anorexia nervosa highlights the critical need to seek help and support for mental health issues. Despite facing negative comments and attacks, she remained resilient and committed to her recovery, but it was not easy.

She said, “Recovery for me is messy. I remind myself that my feelings are valid. I go to therapy. Talking about it has helped.” She also said to emphasize the need for awareness and support for mental health in larger bodies. She stresses the importance of understanding that many people struggle with eating disorders since the healthcare system does not support individuals in larger bodies.

A small win that leads to a bigger cause and victory

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Tess Holliday’s efforts to promote body positivity and diversity have resulted in a significant win for the plus-size community. Retail giant H&M recently announced that it would be expanding its size range to include up to 4XL. The head of H&M’s inclusion and diversity department emphasized that the brand’s mission is to make fashion accessible to everyone. Tess applauded H&M’s decision and highlighted the importance of continued conversations to promote change.

She believes that this move is just the beginning of a transformational journey that can impact the lives of many. The journey toward size inclusivity is far from over, but the support for this movement is growing louder. Thanks to Holliday’s advocacy. Together, we can create opportunities for people of all sizes to feel confident and comfortable in their clothing.

Holliday’s unwavering dedication to promoting body positivity and size inclusivity is truly remarkable. Despite the challenges she’s faced, she has remained steadfast in her mission to raise awareness about eating disorders and inspire others to embrace their bodies no matter their size. Here are some inspiring examples:

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OMGGGGGGG its not an " atypical" problem !!! Its a mental problem!!! This poor girl needs some psychiatric help!!! Its not healthy !! She is just killing her heart and her body and is in need of attention.... :(


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