Ireland Baldwin has opened up about her past battle with anorexia.
The model, who is the daughter of Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, is making a name for herself in the fashion world and has landed campaigns for the likes of Guess and True Religion.
However, Ireland took to Instagram on Thursday (23Aug18) to share that she had struggled with anorexia, an eating disorder characterised by low weight and a strong desire to be thin, when she was younger.
“I battled with many eating disorders and body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self-love and acceptance! Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn’t worth it. Turning down so. Many. Sides. Of. Fries. Wasn’t worth it!!” she wrote alongside a throwback image of her posing in a black dress. “I would eat a meal or more like a bite and have to run to the nearest bathroom or find digestive pills or run until I couldn’t feel my legs right before bed.”
Ireland went on to recall that she used to be badly affected when she read negative comments regarding her height or weight online. She would even run for hours on end in an attempt to lose weight.
“I used to read people’s comments when I first started modelling and anytime anyone told me I was too tall or too fat to have done a job, I would run on a treadmill for the entire duration of at least three episodes of Friday Night Lights that I had on box set,” the 22-year-old remembered.
Ireland also uploaded an old photo of her in a bikini which she captioned, “Nope”.
To conclude her post, the blonde beauty encouraged her followers to find a “healthy balance” when it comes to food.
“Love yourself!! You are beautiful!! Enjoy your food. Eat ice cream with your friends! Workout and eat healthy to take care of your mind and body but find your healthy balance! Life is too short,” she added.
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