Zara McDermott has slammed vile trolls claiming she suffered from an eating disorder.
The 22-year-old penned a lengthy post explaining that she’d woken up to messages from pals telling her she was trending on Twitter.
She was targeted over her three stone weight loss over the last year after she adopted a “more positive relationship with food” and started to “exercise four times a week”, having eaten 3000 calories a day 18 months ago.
Zara penned: “So I’ve just woken up to a few messages saying I am getting abuse online about my weight loss. I never actually saw any abuse because I don’t have Twitter.
“I think it’s the most vile and toxic place on the internet. But anyway, I’m trending on Twitter… So I just had a quick look and I just want to make something very clear.
“I think it’s entirely unfair to call me ‘anorexic’. In my opinion it’s the same as calling someone morbidly obsese. That’s a serious accusation of an eating disorder that I do not have.”
She added: “I understand that for anyone recovering from an ED. Any post about weight loss could be triggering. But my journey has been done incredible healthily.
“I have always been quite tall and naturally slim. When I was a teen I struggled to put on weight. I was eating a huge amount back in 2019…
“I’m talking probably 3000 calories a day. I was a size 10. Which is not an unhealthy weight at all. But for my body type. Height and the fact I’ve always had a fast metabolism and always been naturally petite. It was a huge change.
“Everyone’s body types are different. And I respect that. But I cannot be made to feel bad about my natural body type. I have naturally really long legs and a small waist.
“When I lost body fat. It accentuated that of course. I weigh a completely healthy BMI, will not apologise for eating healthier, making wiser choices and exercising four times a week.
“It frustrates me because this has been a long journey for me, changing my relationship with food to a more positive one, being more mindful, finding motivation to exercise when at times I’ve wanted to give up.
“It has taken me 18 months to get where I am now! That’s a long time! I haven’t dropped three stone over night. I have done it slowly and healthily.
“But it’s been a positive change for the better. I have so much more muscle now. I can lift heavy weights. I feel happier and healthier. And most importantly. I feel good on the inside, which means I will live a longer and healthier life!”
*If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their site to find your local branch.
*You can talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.