Transgender activist and reality TV star Jazz Jennings talks about her struggle with binge eating disorder. In a post on Friday, the “I Am Jazz” star shared a photo of herself side-by-side in a sports bra and black shorts, compared to another undated photo that appears to be from there. a few years.
The 20-year-old wrote that she had “gained a lot of weight” because of her disorder.
“I’m not only addicted to food, but I eat lots of it. My binge, along with an increased appetite I feel from some of the drugs I take, has made me gain almost 100 pounds in just under 2 years, ”she captioned the photo.
Jennings added that she was sharing the photo to deal with her weight gain and “hold herself accountable.”
“I am ready to change my habits; I said I’m ready to turn a new leaf, but I’m out of trees now, ”she said. “I am ready to take the initiative and create positive changes in my health and my body. I have a fabulous team that supports me, both professionals and family / friends, but in the end I have to be determined to improve myself. I know I have the power within me to lose weight, and I plan to share my progress with all of you. ”
It is clear that she will have the support of her family on her journey to wellness.
“You are so resilient and can do whatever you think about it, too. I believe in you and will be by your side every step of the way, ”his brother Sander wrote in the comments with a heart emoji.
Jennings was catapulted into the national spotlight in 2007 following an interview with Barbara Walters on “20/20”. After several other high-profile segments and documentaries, she landed a reality TV series about her life, “I Am Jazz,” which airs on TLC.
Jennings has already shared other positive body photos on social media. In early 2020, the reality TV star posted a photo in a swimsuit, writing that she was proud of her gender confirmation scars.
“I am proud of my scars and love my body as it is,” she wrote. “I call them my combat injuries because they signify the strength and persistence it took to finally complete my transition. “
With her announcement on Friday of her plans to get healthy, Jennings appears to be taking a page out of actor Rebel Wilson’s book. The “Pitch Perfect” star entered a “Health Year” in honor of her 40th birthday and documented the trip for her fans on social media. In November 2020, she announced that she had reached her weight goal with one month to lose, but added “This is not a number. “
In an Instagram live at the time, Wilson pleaded with his fans not to feel bad about emotionally eating or overeating.
“It’s just about how you manage it and what you can do to… try to replace your unhealthy habits with healthy ones,” she said, adding that she had carried the weight. like a little barrier, you know, maybe so that people wouldn’t approach me. “
She said her wellness journey taught her that she doesn’t treat herself with love and respect when she “engages in these unhealthy behaviors.”
“And anyone else that I would try to treat with love and respect, but I myself probably wasn’t… I would let myself last,” she said. “I just wasn’t valuing myself and… telling myself negative things and like, ‘Yeah, well, stuff it. Yeah, eat that whole ice cream thing or that whole bunch of brownies because whatever, whatever you deserve. ”
“It was tough,” she said. “And so what I’m trying to do is change those patterns so that you are more loving and you treat yourself with more respect. “
If you are struggling with an eating disorder and need help, information, or resources, visit the NEDA website or call 1-800-931-2237. .