Jameela Jamil Talks about Her Eating Disorder and Body Dysmorphia on Twitter

“I was so weak, I only managed to stay for 10 mins.”


On Friday morning, Jameela Jamil shared a photo of her on her Twitter account, which was taken 10 years ago when she was struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. She said she was very weak due to a lack of nutrients.

The 33-year-old wrote, “This was a sad day 10 years ago. I didn’t want to go to the event because I was convinced that I was ‘too fat’ and that I would be publicly fat shamed the next day. I was so weak, I only managed to stay for 10 mins.”

“Eating disorders/dysmorphia are so wild,” she continued. “I missed my teens/20s.”

At that time, she was the co-host of Freshly Squeezed, a morning show in the UK. She was also working as a model at that time.

Jamil explained that she recovered from her disorders with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) therapy. She wrote, “The therapy I used to help me was called EMDR, it works faster so it was much cheaper.”

She said cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) did not work for her. She wrote, “CBT didn’t work for me personally. So if it doesn’t work for you, try EMDR. It’s free in some countries.”

I’m thankful to the brilliant “I Weigh” community for helping my recovery. Love you,” she added.

Jamil has been quite open about her eating disorder and body dysmorphia, which she had at the age of 14. In August, The Misery Index actress said, “I was really unhappy and I think it contributed to my ability to have an eating disorder for so long, because there was no one kind of monitoring me and I had no one to turn to with my sadness and bad feelings, so I just had a really rough time as a teenager.”