Model Ireland Baldwin shares her experience with an eating disorder
It would be easy to think Ireland Baldwin has lived a charmed life as the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, but the 22-year-old recently opened up about struggling with body issues throughout her life.
Over the weekend, the emerging model shared several photos and messages on Instagram detailing how she battled eating disorders and body image, along with critical pictures from the difficult period.
“I battled with many eating disorders and body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self love and acceptance!” the model wrote.
The actress also shared pictures with captions like “anorexia throwback” or simply “nope.”
Notably, Baldwin says she did not experience these issues growing up in the public eye. Rather, it was the hyper-critical world of modeling and fashion that triggered Baldwin’s body image issues.
In a 2017 interview with Megyn Kelly, Ireland described the experience as being “pulled apart” by the modeling industry before recovering and accepting her body.
“I’ve always been in the media but jumping into this career where you’re constantly being tweaked at and pulled apart. I think I just got to a point where I just wanted to be comfortable in whatever size I was,” Basinger-Baldwin told Kelly.
“It was a long journey coming to that point but I had enough of feeling less than I am.”
It was this intense scrutiny of her body that led Ireland Baldwin to begin obsessively exercising and abusing digestive pills to lose weight.
“I would eat a meal or more like a bite and have to run to the nearest bathroom or find digestive pills or run until I couldn’t feel my legs right before bed,” she recalled on Instagram.
“I used to read people’s comments when I first started modeling and anytime anyone told me I was too tall or too fat to have done a job, I would run on a treadmill for the entire duration of at least three episodes of Friday Night Lights that I had on box set,” Ireland described.
Since learning to accept her body as it is and coming to terms with her natural size, Baldwin has found even more success than before as a model. Now, she just wants others to know that eating disorders or obsessing over an ideal body “wasn’t worth it.”
“Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn’t worth it. Turning down so. Many. Sides. Of. Fries. Wasn’t worth it!!”
If you believe you or someone you love may be struggling with an eating disorder, please call Brookhaven for help at 888-298-HOPE (4673). We can answer any questions you have and find the right treatment plan for you.