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Jameela Jamil Praises Taylor Swift After Eating Disorder Admission

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By Jennifer Passmore

Jameela Jamil, which you may recognize as one of the faces from the NBC hit series "The Good Place" has always been an advocate for body positivity. She is not afraid to tell it how it is, and has always been outspoken about issues facing this generation. After Taylor Swift's admission of living with an eating disorder in her Netflix documentary "Miss Americana" Jamil is praising her, saying that, "I’m just so grateful that she’s talking out about her own experience because it can help lots of her young followers identify their own eating issues that they have, I think it’s really important."

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Miss Americana

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In Swift's documentary, she spoke about how she struggled for years with her body and self-image. When she was only 18, she saw a headline on a magazine that spurred her to begin to self-deprecate. She told Variety "I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine, and the headline was like 'Pregnant at 18?' And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach not look flat. So I just registered that as a punishment.... You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body."

Jamil's 'I Weigh' Campaign

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Jamil founded her I Weigh campaign two years ago. On the foundation's Instagram, it is described as "I Weigh is about radical inclusivity, so that no one feels alone. 🎙 Our job is to amplify, advocate, and pass the mic." While recently on tour, Taylor Swift praised Jamil for "the way she speaks about body image.” Jamil spoke about how grateful she is to Swift for mentioning her I Weigh movement. She was also saddened to hear that Swift has been going through this her whole life.

Grateful

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Jamil said, "I was just very sad to know that she’s been going through that her whole life. but I was very glad for my words to have been something that helped her and I really thank her for using every press opportunity she’s had to highlight my work because we don’t know each other. She doesn’t have to highlight my work. She could easily say she came up with these things on our own, but for her to highlight the I-Weigh movement is incredibly cool of her. I’m just so grateful that she’s talking out about her own experience because it can help lots of her young followers identify their own eating issues that they have, I think it’s really important. She’s also so smart in how she calls things out so clearly and makes them so obvious to the rest of us. So I’m really grateful for all of her work."

Taylor Is Better These Days

Taylor Swift
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Nowadays, Taylor Swift realizes that her undereating had affected her stamina while on tour, even believing that feeling like she was "going to pass out" was normal. She said, "I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it. Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel fatigued," she said.

Jamil and Zumba

Jameela Jamil
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Jameela Jamil has recently teamed up with Zumba, one of the largest dance-fitness brands to promote the "Be SELF-ish" campaign. It encourages everyone to take self-care seriously, every single day, without feeling guilty about it. Jamil enjoys Zumba, saying, "I like any movement that encourages exercise in the name of fun and not vanity, and I feel like they’re really doing that with Zumba." We can definitely expect to see more from Jamil in the future whether through her advocacy work or acting, or both.

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