The former Lizzie McGuire actress told People that her unhealthily skinny frame came with some scary side effects.
"I was too thin," Duff said of her 18-year-old body. "That was not a healthy place for me. I was so unhappy. I remember my hands cramping because I wasn't getting enough nutrients."
Duff says peer pressure had a lot to do with her efforts to stay that skinny and says she had an "obsession" because young stars were expected to be skinny. The actress and mom, who now stars on TV Land's Younger, said it felt like there was a heightened pressure to be skinny then.
"A lot of girls my age were super skinny," she added. "I think it's just as bad now, but it's more normal. It's crazy. I can't be that way. It's not my normal state."
The 27-year-old actress has gained media attention lately for rocking a fit, healthy body. She's mom to a 3-year-old son and has said even though adjusting to a post-baby body wasn't easy, she's happy with herself now.
"Things don't bounce back the way they used to, but I don't need to be 110 pounds," Duff said. "I'm a 27-year-old mother. I feel fit and strong and happy."
"Fit and strong and happy" is a far cry from "too thin," and we're excited Duff is happy and healthy in her own skin.
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