Leila Alcasid nakipaglaban din sa isang uri ng eating disorder: I love my body…and I’m proud of myself
Isang mahabang Instagram post ang ibinahagi ng anak nina Ogie Alcasid at Michelle van Eimeren kung saan ikinuwento nga niya ang pagkakaroon ng eating disorder at kung paano niya ito nalampasan.
Inamin ni Leila na naging biktima rin siya ng body shaming hindi lang sa social media kundi maging sa personal na pakikisalamuha niya sa mga taong nasa kanyang paligid.
“Over the last few years I’ve received lots of messages asking about my weight loss and how I managed it, and I never really knew how to answer.
“I have a long and frustrating history with an eating disorder, and was never quite able to look at my body with kindness and love. Always trying intense diets and depriving myself rather than providing the nourishment I really needed,” simulang paglalahad ng dalaga.
Aniya, hindi niya diretsahang masagot ang mga nagtatanong kung ano’ng ginawa niya para pumayat, “I could never give a proper answer as to how I lost weight, because I didn’t want anyone else to be so cruel to themselves.
“My weight has fluctuated greatly over the last 5 years and it has ultimately ruled my life. People would comment on it both in life and on social media, and I was constantly told I wasn’t thin enough, even when I was eating so little.
“I allowed the opinions of others to have such a grip on me, and it was incredibly damaging,” paliwanag pa ng anak ni Ogie.
Hanggang sa dumating nga yung araw na na-realize ni Leila na wala siyang dapat ikatakot o ikabahala sa pagsasabi ng totoo. Natuto rin siyang tanggapin kung anong ibinigay ng Diyos sa kanya at huwag basta-basta magpaapekto sa sinasabi ng ibang tao.
“Now, I am at a place where I can say I love my body regardless of the bumps, curves, and stretch marks. I move to feel strong, and eat to feel nourished. I still struggle, like anyone else, but I’m working on it and I’m proud of myself.
“To anyone who looks at instagram photos and can’t help but compare, don’t feel down. Remember that you are strong and beautiful. Life is too short,” mensahe pa ng dalaga.
Narito naman ang mensahe kay Leila ng kanyang inang dating beauty queen na si Michelle, “My darling Leila, I have watched you battle through the ups and downs, and I have always been so grateful and proud of your tenacity to never give up.
“You are a beautiful young woman, I love you so very much. There [are] so many good things in your life and so much to look forward to, continue being kind to yourself,” sabi pa ng ex-wife ni Ogie.
Nagbigay din ng message kay Leila ang kanyang stepmother na si Regine Velasquez, “No matter what other people say to us both your moms and dads, YOU ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN not just on the outside but most importantly on the inside.
“Proud of who you have become. We love you to the moon, Australia, Philippines, and back,” sabi pa ng Asia’s Songbird.
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