Hilary Duff Reveals That She Suffered From A "Horrifying" Eating Disorder As A Teenager But She's Proud Of Her Body Today

By Gina Florio··  3 min read
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She started off as the lovable Lizzie McGuire on the Disney channel, but Hilary Duff has grown up to be a doting, relatable mom.

The next big project on Duff's list is Hulu's How I Met Your Father, and it turns out she agreed to do the show in her eighth month of pregnancy. Only a few short months after her baby was born, she was scheduled to go in for a fitting. It wasn't exactly an easy transition, and Duff opened up about the pressures of looking a certain way for Hollywood in her latest interview for Women's Health.

Hilary Duff Reveals That She Suffered from a "Horrifying" Eating Disorder As a Teenager

Being on TV at such a young age would be difficult for anybody, and Duff admits that she struggled with body image in her teenage years. “Because of my career path, I can’t help but be like, ‘I am on camera and actresses are skinny,’” she says. In fact, things got so bad when she was 17 years old that she suffered from an eating disorder.

"It was horrifying," she shares. The struggle lasted for about a year, and it took a while for her to feel confident again, but now she's at a point where she is proud of her body. She even posed nude for Women's Health.

“I’m proud of my body. I’m proud that it’s produced three children for me. I’ve gotten to a place of being peaceful with the changes my body has gone through," she says. "I also want people to know a makeup artist was there putting glow all over my body and someone put me in the most flattering position.”

Duff says she feels most at peace with her body after having her third child. “I didn’t even know if I was going to have the opportunity to have another child [after the divorce]," she shares. "So, being a mom again, maybe. It was a whole mix of things of being settled and realizing that I’m powerful and talented and smart. All mental things.” 

Hilary Duff Shares Her New Workout Routine

The mother of three has been taking it easier in the gym than usual, and it's a winning strategy. She started working with a new trainer, Dominic Leeder, who takes her through strength and stability workouts four times a week for an hour at a time. She'll do everything from lat pulldowns to 30-second cardio blasts to bent-over dumbbell rows. She's also been doing more stretching, rolling, and Theragun massage.

"I slept better, I felt better," she says, noting that lowering the intensity of her workouts has been a game change in her overall health.

Getting into a healthy routine with her workouts has helped her wind down better at night and really appreciate the special time with her kids and husband, Matthew Koma. Although the bedtime routine can be exhausting, with the baths, bottles, and bedtime stories, it's what she loves most in her life.

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