Tess Holliday Claims Her Anorexia Stems From People Telling Her She Doesn't "Deserve To Feed" Her Body

Self-proclaimed body positive activist Tess Holliday announced to the world that she was diagnosed with anorexia last May. She claimed that this diagnosis was "the result of a culture that celebrates thinness and equates that to worth."

By Gina Florio1 min read
tess holliday

Since she was supposedly diagnosed with anorexia, she has been in recovery and reflecting on what has sparked her eating disorder. She took to Instagram to share an "intrusive thought" that led to a "lightbulb moment."

Tess Holliday Says People's Comments About Her Diet Caused Her Anorexia

On February 4, Tess posted a video with the caption that began with "TW [trigger warning]: disordered eating." She then went on to talk about how it's been "liberating as hell" to share her story and speak about her struggle with anorexia. She also noted what brought on her eating disorder.

"Of course I have a hard time feeding my body," she said. "I literally have been told my entire life that I don't deserve to feed my body. Everyone in my life has always said, 'Are you sure you wanna eat that? Don't eat that.'"

Tess also called out people who have a hard time believing that she has anorexia. "There's so many people that question whether or not I have, you know, disordered eating, whether or not I struggle with anorexia, and they like to troll me often, and they're like, 'As if you have a hard time feeding your body!'" she said. "And anyone that's in a larger body knows that we hear that all the time, right?"

She admitted that her road to recovery hasn't been easy, but she said, "It's pretty f---ing cool that I am like, starting to try and feed my body and not be hard on myself."

It isn't surprising that people question whether Tess has anorexia, which is defined as "an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat." Without trying to be rude or unkind, Tess is extremely overweight. Of course it's difficult to believe that she is suffering from "an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat." People can't help but think that she's fibbing.