Abbie Chatfield has slammed speculation surrounding her weight, saying any changes to her body are "no one's business". The 27-year-old's Instagram comments have been flooded with people asking about her weight, with one user describing her weight loss as "concerning".
"People on Instagram love to tell me when my own body is changing, as though I don’t have a mirror," Abbie said. "Weight loss happens because of a myriad of things … I am very, very proud of my relationship with food and exercise.
"I don’t think it’s anyone’s business why someone might have lost weight, unless they express it themselves without being prompted. It doesn’t affect anybody else."
It comes after she shared that on her podcast It’s A Lot with Abbie Chatfield that she had lost some weight due to stress, saying, "I’m having a really hard time eating."
The presenter shared that she believed the comments were fatphobic, adding, "I’m having trouble finding time to eat, and then when I find time to eat I’m having a really hard time chewing food and a really hard time swallowing. I feel extremely nauseous when I eat food … It’s also stress."
Abbie has previously revealed she had disordered eating habits when she was younger, telling Yahoo Lifestyle she was once stuck in a "punishment and reward" cycle when it came to food and exercise.
"I think growing up in that era where Misha Barton is on the front cover with her cottage cheese thighs I think that kind of led to a lot of eating disorder tendencies," she said.
"But I also think that was kind of just the 'normal' culture of going to an all-girls Catholic school, where everyone would have these water bottles and we would put a dash of lemon water in it, with gum and an apple, and that was what we'd eat in a day."
Abbie said she has now learned to listen to her body when it comes to exercise and not strive to 'lose weight' or 'look better'.
"I would run for 10kms every day with ankle weights and wrist weights so it was a punishment and rewards system. It wasn't a 'what do I feel like doing'," she explains.
"Whereas now, I wake up and I would be like 'I feel like doing yoga right now' so I'll do yoga, or I'm feeling a bit anxious, so I feel like going for a run - rather than 'I should run, to lose weight, to look better, to be more fit'."
Abbie added the key to the way she looks at self-love is about not swinging too much towards one way or another.
"Not being overly body positive or body neutral. This is how I look, how I look today. If I feel yuck, that's OK, if I feel great, that's amazing," she says.
"It's kind of like acknowledging it and then moving on from that thought if it's a negative one, if it's a good one we hold on to that thought."
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