Jameela Jamil Has Said She No Longer Speaks To Her ‘Fat-Phobic’ Parents
The actress suffered from anorexia as a teen.
Jameela Jamil has become known in recent years for her campaign for body acceptance.
The actress has spoken about her battle with anorexia when she was a teen, and says that her parents’ attitude toward thinness was a big part of it.
“My family were not helpful in that they were incredibly fat-phobic,” she told the Sunday Times.
“Jutting hip bones were seen as a sign of peak brilliance both at home and at school. It didn’t matter that I did well academically or was a good swimmer. All I thought was important about me was that my jeans hung off my hip bones.”
The Good Place star added also spoke about the dangerous measures she took to be slim.
“I was existing on 300 calories a day and there was nothing I wouldn’t do to be thin.”
Jameela no longer speaks to her parents, model Shireen and dad Ali who are divorced.
The 33-year-old now actively campaigns for body positivity and neutrality, with her organisation I Weigh.
She recently revealed that she insisted the new poster for The Good Place would not be photoshopped.
Finally able to INSIST my image, even on billboards isn’t ever airbrushed. I get backfat in Every. Single. Bra. And I used to hide/bin so many photos because of “muffin tops.” Double chins/ “imperfections” because I never saw them on people on TV.#freethebackfat #letabitchlive pic.twitter.com/UkqpbSOzT0
— Jameela Jamil ? (@jameelajamil) August 10, 2019
She added: “I’m aware this isn’t some huge victory, and not “brave” but as someone who had such obsessive body dysmorphia and was so fixated on the embarrassment of what we perceive as “flaws” this is just a little win for little anorexic teenage me.”
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