Jazz Jennings, star of TLC’s I Am Jazz has opened up about and discussed her “binge eating disorder” in a brutally honest Instagram post that shows off her 100-pound weight gain.
“As many of you have noticed, over the past few years, I have gained a substantial amount of weight,” Jennings wrote.
The twenty-year-old transgender activist told her 1.2 million followers that she has been struggling immensely with a binge eating disorder for the past 2 years.
The post included a side by side comparison photo of Jennings from 2019 to a current photo.
“I suffer from binge-eating disorder, a disease in which I’m not only addicted to food, but I eat it in large quantities.”
“My binging, along with an increased appetite I experience from some of the meds I’m on, has caused me to gain almost 100 pounds in a little less than 2 years,” she explained.
“I’m posting this photo because it’s time for me to address my weight gain and hold myself accountable. I’m ready to change my ways; I’ve been saying I’m ready to turn over a new leaf, but I’m running out of trees now.”
“I’m ready to take the initiative and create positive changes when it comes to my health and body. I have a fabulous team supporting me, both professionals and family/friends, but at the end of the day, I have to be the one committed toward bettering myself.”
Jennings wanted to post about her binge eating disorder so that she could hold herself “accountable” in her journey through recovery.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men will suffer from a binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetimes. Eating disorders across the spectrum are also underreported and often ignored by many clinics and government services if the patients don’t meet specific deadlines.
According to NICE guidance, clinics and government services should restrain from using measures such as weighing scales to diagnose a person’s eating disorder but continue to do so anyway.
Eating disorders are often so widely misunderstood that patients are usually given boxes to tick, if they don’t fit within the boxes that determine an eating disorder, what happens then?
Jazz’s family stood by her side as she underwent hormone replacement therapy and gender confirmation surgery and their support through this stage of her journey is the exact same.
Stanford Children’s Health reports family support is one of the most important factors in helping with a young person’s eating disorder recovery process.
By Jennings coming out about her binge eating disorder struggle, it not only motivates and holds herself accountable to becoming a healthier version of herself, but raises awareness and helps others going through the same experience too…
“I know I have the power in me to lose the weight, and I intend on sharing my progress with all of you. Love you all, and thanks for understanding the battle I’m fighting to win.”
Jazz’s brother, Sander Jennings, wrote in the comments of her post, “You are so resilient and can do anything you put your mind too. I believe in you and will be by your side every step of the way.”
Other Instagram followers said, “Deciding you’re gonna do it and believing it is so important!”, “So proud of you, Jazz! You’ve got this,” and, “I struggle with this too. It gets easier I promise.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call NEDA’s Helpline (1-800-931-2237) on weekdays for support, resources, and information about treatment options. In crisis situations, NEDA offers 24/7 support — just text “NEDA” to 741-741.