Teresa Palmer Reveals She Suffered from Orthorexia, an Obsession with Healthy Eating
The Hacksaw Ridge star said "it was exhausting, utterly exhausting, to log every calorie and to just be so overly conscious of the food I was putting into my body."
Palmer explained that her disorder began after an agent told her in 2008 she needed to work out more after paparazzi photos of the actress in a bikini circulated.
"She said, 'Do you know what? You should start working out, because that's a part of your job. You need to make sure that you look really good.' And I was like, 'Oh, I thought I did look good,' " Palmer recalled.
"The scary thing is that I've always been such a small person," she said. "I look back on the photos that she's talking about and I was just so little still. Yes, I wasn't perfectly sculpted, but that really set off this huge whirlwind of unhealthy obsession surrounding food."
The Warm Bodies star said that having children "healed" her relationship with food.
Palmer shares three children with husband Mark Webber: Poet, who turned 1 in April, and sons Forest Sage, 3, and Bodhi Rain, 6. Mark is also dad to son Isaac, 11, from a previous relationship.
"My body just blossomed and I had this big belly and I could feel life within me, and it was just incredible seeing what my body could do," she said of pregnancy. "I was getting stretch marks on my boobs and cellulite all over my bum and the backs of my thighs."
"I was finally liberated from these judgements that I had surrounding my body, which I realized had existed since I was … a teenager," she said. "Since being a mum, I've embraced it all. The lumps and the bumps and the stretch marks… it's a map of my journey of bringing my babies into the world."
If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or go to NationalEatingDisorders.org.
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