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Teresa Palmer opens up about orthorexia, says motherhood has ‘set her free’

Healing from the past. Teresa Palmer opened up about her previous unhealthy relationship with food and said that becoming a mother inspired her to learn to love her body.

The Hacksaw Ridge star, 34, revealed on an episode of the “Mamamia Me Before You” podcast earlier this week that she battled orthorexia from 2009 to 2012.

“I was incredibly clean with my food, so I didn’t have anorexia or bulimia, but I had something else. When you became so obsessed with the amount of calories you put in your body, everything had to be of the highest quality,” explained Palmer “I wouldn’t eat anything without the nutritional value.”

She added, “It was tiring, utterly tiring to log every calorie and be so overly aware of the food I put in my body.”

According to the National Association for Eating DisordersOrthorexia is described as “an obsession with good or” healthy “eating.”

Symptoms include dropping food groups, compulsively checking ingredient lists, and thinking for hours about food one could get for hours.

Palmer recalled that her disorder started in 2008 when her agent suggested she start training after taking paparazzi pictures of it Warm bodies star in a bikini.

“She said,” You know what? You have to work out, because that is part of your job. You have to make sure you look good. “And I was like, ‘Oh, I thought I looked good,'” she said.

Palmer explained that she now realizes she didn’t have to take such drastic measures to lose weight.

“The scary thing is that I’ve always been such a small person,” said the Take Me Home Tonight actress. “I look back at the pictures she’s talking about and I was so quiet for a minute. Yes, I wasn’t perfectly sculpted, but that really caused a huge whirlwind of unhealthy food obsession. ‘

However, Palmer found that she was “freed” from the disorder once she had children. She and her husband, Mark Webber, share sons Bodhi Rain, 6, Forest Sage, 3, and 15-month-old daughter, Poet Lake.

“My body was just blooming and I had a big belly and I felt life in me, and it was just incredible to see what my body could do,” she said. “I got stretch marks on my breasts and cellulite all over my buttocks and the back of my thighs.”

The Australian-born added that pregnancy gave her a new appreciation for her body, which she now considers a wonderful part of motherhood.

“I was finally released from these judgments I had around my body, which I realized existed since I was a teenager,” said Palmer. “Since I was a mother, I have embraced it all. The lumps and the bumps and the stretch marks … it’s a map of my journey to bring my babies out into the world. ”

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