Vidya Balan Talks Of Her Journey From Hating Her Body To Being Grateful For It

Bollywood actor Vidya Balan recently opened up about a time when she used to hate her body and how it has taken time for her to accept it, especially after her weight became a national issue. She revealed that she overcame these insecurities gradually over a period of time.

As per a report in HT, she said, “It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public and at that time it was so insurmountable. I come from a non-film family. There was no one to tell me that these phases don’t last. My weight issue had become a national issue.”

She continued, “I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way. I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated.”

But now she is at a point where other people’s opinions don’t bother her. She explains, “Over time, I accepted that my body is the only thing that is keeping me alive because the day my body stops functioning, I am not going to be around. I have a lot of gratitude for my body. It doesn’t matter what I have been through, I am alive because of this body. It’s blood and bones. With each day I have begun to love and accept myself more, but it’s not been easy. You have to fake it till you make it.”


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In a previous 2019 interview, she also opened up about the hormonal issues that she had to deal with. She said, “I’ve been called ‘jinxed’ down South. I rejected my body all my life. I worked hard at accepting myself. That acceptance isn’t complete yet. It’s still a long way. People don’t understand that when you grow up a fat girl, it doesn’t leave you.”

More power to you, Vidya!

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