How Brittany Snow overcame an eating disorder
The "Pitch Perfect" star never thought she'd overcome her eating dosorder Emma McIntyre / Getty
- "Pitch Perfect" star Brittany Snow recently opened up about her past struggles with body image and acceptance.
- Snow said that she constantly compared herself to other women, and even suffered from an eating disorder for nine years.
- She has since learned to embrace her "beautiful muscular body."
Advice for maintaining good health usually includes the classic tips: eat nutritional foods, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep, to name a few. But nurturing your mental health can be equally as important when it comes to keeping your body happy.
Brittany Snow can attest to this . In a recent interview with Shape, the "Pitch Perfect 3" star spoke about the dangers of comparing yourself to other people and how the practice long affected her physical health.
"I wanted to be like the girls I saw in fitness magazines so badly. I thought that was the ideal of happiness. Now people look to me like that when I do photo shoots," Snow said. "I wish someone had told me back then that the way a woman looks in a photo has nothing to do with who she is."
The 31-year-old actress has grown up working in a very visual industry — having landed her first acting job at age 12 — and is no stranger to unrealistic body standards. In 2007, she spoke candidly to People about her nine-year battle with anorexia, conceding that the eating disorder "will always be a part of my life."
Now, however, she is determined to accept her own natural body type, rather than trying to force herself to fit a certain mold.
"When I turned 30, I looked at my life and realized that I'd always been on a diet and working out to be the size of a model," she said. "I thought, 'I'm 5'3", and I inherited my mom's beautiful muscular body — it's just not going to happen. I realized that my health and happiness were way more important than being at the gym all the time."
Snow also touched upon social media's role in this comparative mindset; she said that since she has resolved to check Twitter and Instagram less, her confidence has risen and her "psyche" has grown healthier.
"Today, being able to have a conversation and not think about what I'm eating? Amazing," she told People.
We love that Snow is happy, healthy, and helping to break the stigma surrounding body image.
Video: Brittany Snow Talks About Overcoming An Eating Disorder
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