A reality star has found herself at the center of a social media storm after sharing her weight loss transformation and being accused of promoting an ‘unhealthy’ image.
Zara McDermott, who appeared on Love Island’s 2018 UK season, proudly showed off her 19kg weight loss on Instagram on Tuesday in a series of before and after photos.
But the 23-year-old soon found herself in hot water through the footage, with fans accusing the star – who went from size 10 to size 6 – of sharing an “extremely harmful” message.
As a result, Zara has responded to the criticism online, insisting that she has “healthy” weight loss.
“I understand that for anyone recovering from erectile dysfunction. Any weight loss post can be triggers. But my journey has been incredibly healthy,” she wrote in an Instagram Stories Thursday.
She went on to say she has a ‘completely healthy’ Body Mass Index (BMI) and would not apologize for making ‘wiser’ food choices and exercising four times a week.
“It frustrates me because this has been a long journey for me, turning my relationship with food into a more positive, more aware, motivated to exercise while sometimes wanting to give up,” she continued.
“It took me 18 months to get to where I am now! That’s a long time! I didn’t drop three stones (19 kg) all night long. I did it slowly and healthy.
“But it has been a positive change for the better. I now have so much more muscle. I can lift heavy weights. I feel happier and healthier. And more importantly. I feel good inside, which means I live longer and healthier” ! “
Zara’s emotionally charged response came after Twitter – a social media platform she isn’t on – erupted with criticism directed at her photos.
“Good for her if she could achieve a goal she wanted, but Zara McDermott suggesting that her size 10 2019 body was not healthy and her body is now healthy for 2020 is extremely harmful to young girls, especially when her body by 2020 is not feasible for most, “” wrote one Twitter user.
“If you’re a size 10, you DO NOT have to lose 3 stones to be healthy and Zara McDermott shouldn’t be promoting that,” said another.
“I don’t think Zara McDermott’s weight is anyone else’s business, but I do think that if you put yourself in the spotlight, knowing that young girls are looking up to you, you have a responsibility to make sure you’re not unhealthy. encourages weight loss, “someone else added.
Others called the images – showing Zara in a bikini in 2019, followed by one of her in 2020 – ‘disturbing’ and ‘disturbing’.
Zara, who is 6 feet tall, has described Twitter as “the nastiest and most toxic place on Earth.”
She recently became the center of another storm following a public breakup with her boyfriend, Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson over allegations of cheating.
Since the September breakup, Zara has publicly spoken about her desire to reunite with the reality star in a series of emotional Instagram posts.