Dancing with the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer has taken a lot of heat this season, not only for being partnered with the show's first transgender contestant, Chaz Bono, but for gaining weight since last season ended.
23 year-old Schwimmer faced a harsh backlash of criticism after she stepped out last week in a pair of jeans that were not the most flattering cut. But Lacey, who's not one to mince words, was fed up with the talk about her body and wanted to set the record straight once and for all.
Lacey revealed that in 2009, she was battling anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that began when she was 13 years old and under strict 10 hour days training as a dancer. Her parents were her coaches.
Said Schwimmer, "I was really, really scary thin. My waist was insanely thin," she revealed to In Touch. "My hair was starting to fall out, it was getting thin. My skin looked gray and that's when...I was like, 'Alright, this isn't cool.' I saw other girls that were healthy and happy at my age and I was not like that whatsoever."
She also said, "I have boobs. I have a huge butt and I have a lot of muscle. I like having curves. I'm proud of them!"
Her food intake had gotten so low that on an average day, Schwimmer would just eat, "a packet of turkey, which was about six slices of turkey, give or take. I would skip breakfast and I would eat around, like 2 or 3 o'clock and then I would have a candy bar for dinner and just drink orange juice throughout the day."
Today, Lacey wants to inspire other young girls who have dance dreams to just be themselves and not conform to whatever ideal image others tell them is best. She wants to be a voice of courage to those who are battling the disease that held her hostage for so long.
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