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Model Tess Holliday Wants People to Stop Commenting on Her Body

Prevention logo Prevention 5/4/2021 Jennifer Nied
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  • Model Tess Holliday opened up about her anorexia recovery and the negative impact of comments on her weight.
  • The mom and body positivity activist says she’s healing from her eating disorder with Pilates and feeding her body regularly.
  • But, Tess says“hearing comments about weight is triggering as hell.”

Body positivity activist and model Tess Holliday, 35, has had it with people commenting on her weight. She opened up about why it’s so frustrating—and dangerous—to constantly have the attention focused on the size of her body.

Tess shared a series of selfies and got real in the caption:“To everyone that keeps saying‘You’re looking healthy lately’ or‘You are losing weight, keep it up!’ Stop.”

In case that wasn’t clear enough, she repeated it again:“Don’t. Comment. On. My. Weight. Or. Perceived. Health. Keep. It. To. Yourself. Thanks✌🏻.”

Then, Tess explained her weight fluctuation:“Yes, I’ve lost weight—I’m healing from an eating disorder and feeding my body regularly for the first time in my entire life. 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. For folks like me that are trying to reframe our relationships with our bodies and 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.”

Tess chose to reveal a bit more about her journey on Twitter:“I’m anorexic and in recovery. I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore. 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.”

Tess previously shared that Pilates has been key in her recovery.

She wrote in the caption:“Pilates has helped me start to heal my relationship with my body and I feel truly connected: mind, body and soul for the first time in my life. Can’t stop smiling. ✨”

If you believe you are struggling with an eating disorder and need support, call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at (800) 931-2237. You can text HOME to 741741 to message with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free.

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