Singer Leila Alcasid on Wednesday, April 7, revealed that she struggled with an eating disorder at an early age in life.
The daughter of singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid opened up about her past battle with anorexia in a lengthy post on Instagram, saying criticism about her body weight had contributed to her struggle with body image.
"Over the last few years I’ve received lots of messages asking about my weight loss and how I managed it, and I never really knew how to answer. I have a long and frustrating history with an eating disorder, and was never quite able to look at my body with kindness and love. Always trying intense diets and depriving myself rather than providing the nourishment I really needed," she said.
"I could never give a proper answer as to how I lost weight, because I didn’t want anyone else to be so cruel to themselves. My weight has fluctuated greatly over the last 5 years and it has ultimately ruled my life. People would comment on it both in life and on social media, and I was constantly told I wasn’t thin enough, even when I was eating so little. I allowed the opinions of others to have such a grip on me, and it was incredibly damaging," she added.
However, according to Leila, she has learned to be kinder to herself and her body.
"Now, I am at a place where I can say I love my body regardless of the bumps, curves, and stretch marks. I move to feel strong, and eat to feel nourished. I still struggle, like anyone else, but I’m working on it and I’m proud of myself," she wrote.
Addressing her followers, she said: "To anyone who looks at instagram photos and can’t help but compare, don’t feel down. Remember that you are strong and beautiful. Life is too short."
In the comment section of her post, many expressed their support for Leila, including her mother, former beauty queen Michelle Van Eimeren, and her stepmother, music icon Regine Velasquez.
"My darling Leila, I have watched you battle through the ups and downs, and I have always been so grateful and proud of your tenacity to never give up. You are a beautiful young woman, I love you so very much. There [are] so many good things in your life and so much to look forward to, continue being kind to yourself," wrote Michelle.
Meanwhile, Regine said: "No matter what other people say to us both your moms and dads, YOU ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN not just on the outside but most importantly on the inside. Proud of who you have become. We love you to the moon, Australia, Philippines, and back."