As is the case with many young girls in this society, body image issues are all too common. These type of issues can be even more pressing and present in high profile or well-known individuals because they are constantly under a microscope, expected to look and be a certain way at all times. This is certainly something that actress and former child-star Hilary Duff had to deal with.
The Lizzie McGuire star recently admitted that she struggled with her body and food during her teenage years.
When she was about 18 years old, she dealt with wanting to fit into some type of predetermined mold or image.
She was in a constant struggle with 5-10 pounds which is common for many women, but she became quickly aware of how much it was impacting her moods and overall self-esteem.
Duff admits to going through phases where she felt like she was absolutely killing it and doing such a good job.
Other times, she would really struggle and get down on herself.
Duff reveals that becoming a mom and being so busy has forced her to put things in the proper perspective.
She loves to cook and workout so that allows her to adequately control what she puts in her mouth and how much physical activity she’s doing at any given time.
“Obviously I want to be in shape, but I think working out is more of a mental health thing for me. Just to be outside- I hike a lot; I swim a lot,” explained the blonde beauty.
She knows she isn’t a “skinny girl” and no longer wants to be.
At this point in her life, she is proud of the body she has and all that it can do.
Currently pregnant with her second child, she’s incredibly grateful for her strong body and what it’s carried her through.