Abbie Chatfield got candid on her podcast It’s a Lot about how “fatphobia” in the early 2000s contributed to her experience with “disordered eating”.
In the November 8 episode of the popular podcast, the reality TV titan said fans have highlighted that she’s recently lost weight, something Abbie asserted wasn’t “intentional”.
“In the last five or so years, I have never intentionally lost weight,” she explained, adding: “How fatphobic [for fans] to say that I look better because I’ve lost weight.”
**CONTENT WARNING: The following discusses disordered eating and may be distressing to some readers.
The 27-year-old went on to explain how diet culture and celebrity culture contribute to body image issues.
“I’m not quote-unquote doing a ‘Kardashian‘ and intentionally losing weight because of a trend,” Abbie explained.
“I did have definitely disordered eating and I had definite, like, fatphobic thoughts that were ingrained in me by society and especially being a young woman in the early 2000s.”
While she feels she’s overcome those thoughts, The Masked Singer Australia panellist admitted that she is currently “having a really hard time eating” due to her busy schedule.
“I’m having trouble finding time to eat, and then when I find time to eat, I’m having a really hard time chewing food and a really hard time swallowing,” she said.
“It’s also stress.”
Abbie Chatfield Says She’s “Proud” for Not Overthinking How She Looks
Despite her fluctuating struggles with eating, Abbie said she’s “worked so hard” not to ruminate on her body image.
“I’m really proud of myself for genuinely not working out for how I look, not eating for how I look, genuinely enjoying food and genuinely being able to enjoy exercise,” she expressed.
“I don’t feel ashamed of how my body is.”
Overall, the Bachelor breakout star said she’s more concerned “about whether [she’s] eating enough” and “making sure [she has] the right nutrients”.
“I’m just trying not to collapse on stage… I’m not trying to lose weight,” Abbie concluded.
“Commenting on people’s weight is f*cked.”
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