Just days after it was revealed Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry was raped multiple times and had a traumatic abortion after one attack resulted in a pregnancy, more information has surfaced about the hardships she’s faced in just 22 years.
According to new excerpts from her memoir, Pride Over Pity, due out this month, the mother of two suffered from eating disorders when she was younger.
Kail explains her issues “started at home” as her estranged mother Suzi even called her “Chunky Monkey” when she was a child. Ashamed of her 5-foot-8 frame, she got in touch with a friend who suffered from bulimia and anorexia and suggested Kailyn follow her.
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“She encouraged me to start down the same path. We were a pair of anorexic teenagers who became caught up in an unhealthy trend,” she writes. “I didn’t want to weigh triple digits.”
Fortunately, Kailyn’s habits changed when she became pregnant with Isaac, now 4.
However, things changed when Teen Mom 2 premiered in January 2011, and viewers were quick to attack Kailyn and criticize her appearance.
“There were tons of hateful posts judging me on my appearance and these trolls managed to find endlessly creative and hurtful ways to call me ugly,” one excerpt, obtained by Radar reads. “I even had a Twitter page dedicated to me titled ‘Hulk Kail.’”
The cyber bullying, she explains, led her to pick up new unhealthy habits.
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Kailyn writes that she began relying on no- or low-calorie items—like water or gum—to satisfy her hunger and turned to an intense exercise regimen.
‘I’d do a 45 minute session of [home workout DVD Insanity] and then not replenish my body with water or nutrients,” she says. “Instead, I would make myself throw up. That’s how desperately I wanted to be thin.”
Eventually, the reality star “took back control” of her body image and accepted herself, even posing in her bra for the “Beauty is Sizeless” campaign.
“With age and maturity, I’ve learned that only I have the power to make myself feel good,” she writes. “True beauty comes from within and being healthy is so much more important than the size you wear.”