Australian actress Teresa Palmer has opened up about the “wasted” years she spent obsessing about her body image and being overly controlling about her diet.
Expecting her first child to her fiancé, US actor/director Mark Webber, in February, the Warm Bodies star says her pregnancy has helped her to move past the negative body image issues that formerly ruled her life.
“A few years ago I was exercising so much, and I just wasn’t nourishing my body in the right way,” Palmer, 27, reveals in WHO magazine’s Body Issue, out now. “I used to be incredibly militant about the food that I ate. I looked great on the outside but I wasn’t healthy on the inside. To think that three years ago I was in this place where I was so skinny that I couldn’t have gotten pregnant if I tried.”
While she concedes shifting her thinking and habits was “challenging,” Palmer is now reveling in her newfound curves and healthier attitude, happily showing off her burgeoning baby bump in WHO’s exclusive images. “I just had my five month scan and I could see my baby moving around,” she says. “I felt so proud that my body is growing this healthy human being.”
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Palmer—who is currently based in Perth filming the thriller Kill Me Three Times opposite Bryan Brown and Callan Mulvey—believes women need to be kinder to themselves when it comes to their bodies. “We need to be celebrating our bodies more,” she says. “I want to lead by example and encourage others to let go of that obsessiveness.”
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