BY SHAGUFTA ALI | DKODING
Jameela Jamil, who remarkably performed in NBC’s The Good Place had been through a rough phase in her teens.
She had anorexia and body dysmorphia when she was 14. This triggered even more when she was asked to weighed for a class project.
To the extent, Jameela Jamil avoids any communication with her parents because they are “incredibly fatphobic”. She has come out in open and fearlessly discusses her issues and struggles with anorexia or dysmorphia every time.
She adds that isolation and loneliness worsen her eating disorders.
Jamila shared her memory of how it felt to be the heaviest one in the class and how the craft of her maths teacher trying to teach students about percentage turned out to be a curse for her.
“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,” she said in an interview.
She said “I didn’t menstruate for three years because I was starving myself to fit into an ideal,” said Jamil.
“We had to be weighed in front of each other and you would see the number come up in front of everyone. And I was the heaviest girl in the whole year, and so for the next three weeks all I could hear was people talking about how I was the heaviest girl in the year.”
“I think I stopped eating around then and it developed into full-formed anorexia and I had like body dysmorphia around 14,” she said.
Though Jamil now focuses on helping people who are facing similar issues she wishes if she could go back in time and be nicer towards her body.
Jamil initiated the “I Weigh” movement, a stage where women can openly talk about their establishments in life rather than focusing on weight.
“Weighing is not an indication of health,” Jamil further added. “It doesn’t mean anything.”
The 33-year-old actress shared, “My family was not helpful in that they were incredibly fat-phobic. Jutting hip bones were seen as a sign of peak brilliance both at home and at school. ‘It didn’t matter that I did well academically or was a good swimmer. All I thought was important about me was that my jeans hung off my hip bones.”
Jameela who played Tahani in A Good Place is not on talking terms with her parents, Shireen and Ali, who are now divorced. Her mother was a local women activist who protests against domestic violence.
Shireen praised Jameela for the un-airbrushed photo shoot. She said: ‘I’m immensely proud of my daughter’s achievements and her campaigning to ban Photoshop and embrace one’s true self by pushing back on ageism and sexism.
The body should be celebrated for its natural beauty, whatever its age the scars it may carry.’ Jameela is in a relationship with James Blake is fighting against photoshopping of ads and received a lot of applauds for that.
The 33-year-old Jameela reinvented herself incredibly from her past and emerged as an unbeaten champion.
Her initiatives and outspoken attitude to encourage men and women to embrace their flaws paved friendship with The Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
Jamil is now promoting Bumble BFF – An app to find friends – to encourage people to find their BFF’s
“I’ve had lots of experiences with loneliness myself, and I wish that I had an app like this when I was a teenager so that I could have met other people who were also looking for friendship and companionship,” she says.
She added that “I’m socially awkward, and there was no set up to help socially awkward people admit they were socially awkward and that they needed a little bit of a boost to find friends. And I love the idea of de-stigmatizing the feeling of loneliness. Everyone gets lonely from time to time.”