Belfast Telegraph

Raven-Symoné recalls ‘bagel haters’

Raven-Symoné fell into deep depression due to being fat shamed since childhood.

The 29-year-old actress rose to fame at five years old after landing a gig on The Cosby Show in 1989.

And Raven-Symoné claims being in the spotlight since early childhood gave her complexes about eating.

"I remember not being able to have the bagel or anything at [craft services], where it's just a table of food ready for you to eat whenever you want. And I remember people were like, 'You can't eat that. You're getting fat.' And I'm like, 'I'm seven [years old]! I'm hungry!'" she recalled on TV talk show The View.

Raven-Symoné carried strange relationships to food into adulthood.

The star believes her significant weight gain may have been related to the restrictive dietary comments she was exposed to.

"That's what I was told at that young of an age, even up until I got up to 180lbs on That's So Raven," she explained.

Raven-Symoné remains unsure as to whether fashion magazines support confident body images.

She thought her voluptuous frame was wrong for many years and fell into depression because her body didn’t resemble supermodels’ physiques.

The pressure of Hollywood to be thin, glamorous and beautiful broke her.

"You know, you put nasty stuff in front of me or you put these images of women that I'll never aspire to, of course I'm gonna get depressed," Raven-Symoné said.

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