Jameela Jamil feels like she lost decades of her life thanks to a crippling eating disorder.
The Good Place star, who used to suffer from anorexia and is now a staunch body positivity advocate, took to Twitter to share a photo from an event 10 years ago when she thought she was “too fat” to even attend.
“This was a sad day 10 years ago. I didn’t want to go to the event because I was convinced that I was ‘too fat’ and that I would be publicly fat shamed the next day,” the actress and broadcaster, 33, candidly wrote. “I was so weak, I only managed to stay for 10 mins. Eating disorders/dysmorphia are so wild. I missed my teens/20s.”
Jameela went on to explain that eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment had helped her overcome her struggles after cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) failed, and urged fans to seek out an option that worked for them.
“The therapy I used to help me was called EMDR, it works faster so it was much cheaper. CBT didn’t work for me personally,” she explained. “So if it doesn’t work for you, try EMDR. It’s free in some countries.”
The How to Build a Girl star added: “I’m thankful to the brilliant ‘I Weigh’ community for helping my recovery. Love you.”