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Tess Holliday has opened up about her anorexia diagnosis, admitting she has received messages accusing her of lying about her eating disorder.
Model Tess, 35, recently revealed she was in recovery from anorexia, but told Good Morning Britain on Thursday that because of her size some people had struggled to believe her problems.
Talking to Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd, Tess said: "To hear that I've been struggling with what I've been dealing with I know is really shocking, but I'm healthier and happier than I've been in my entire life."
The size 22 beauty said that she had received a lot of negative messages since her tweet and added: "There was a gentleman today that said, 'I held my best friend who passed away at 90lb and how dare you lie about this'. That's really hard to hear but this is my reality and this is my truth."
Last week, Tess tweeted: "I’m anorexic and in recovery … 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 told GMB that the coronavirus pandemic had been "a blessing" for her because it had given her time to reflect on her problems and seek help from a dietician, who told her that she had "anorexia type A".
Describing her eating disorder, she said: "I wouldn't eat, I would go sometimes a whole day without eating anything. I wore it as a badge of honour to be a larger person not eating."
Tess added: "I finally understood that I am fat because I was starving myself and I know that's really hard for people to understand. I was restricting so much that I was harming my body."
As a size 22 model, Tess had received a lot of criticism on social media and she said it had made her problems worse.
She said: "Social media has played a role into my disordered eating. It's extremely hard to want to talk about my successes and my career and the positive that I'm trying to do in the world and it's always minimised and diminished by my size and perceived health."
One of the people who has criticised her size is ex-Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, which she acknowledged during her interview as she spoke to the show from her LA home.
She said: "I know I've been on your programme a lot over the years, not in person but you guys have talked about me a lot and Susanna, you have always held it down for me so thank you."
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