Fat Activist, Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Comes Out As Anorexic

Plus-size model and fat activist Tess Holliday revealed last week that she has anorexia and is in recovery.

“I’m anorexic & in recovery,” Holliday wrote to Twitter on May 1. “I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore. I’m the result of a culture that celebrates thinness & 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 & I am finally free.”

When folks online questioned Holliday’s eating disorder, noting that she’s obese, the model wrote a post claiming her detractors “don’t know science.”

“Not the ‘but your [sic] fat how are you anorexic’ comments. Y’all don’t know how science & body works huh. My technical diagnosis is anorexia nervosa & yes, I’m still not ashamed. I’m too damn happy for y’all to even come close to dimming my shine.”

Responding to criticism concerning Holliday’s “body acceptance” activism, she said, “To everyone saying that I can’t possibly love myself and have an eating disorder, that is the actual definition of loving myself. Being able to prioritize myself & to be in recovery. I’m more self aware than any of my critics but you know, y’all go off.”