Danielle Fishel was over-the-moon to have married longtime boyfriend Tim Belusko over the weekend. But when commenters said that she was fat on her wedding day, the former Boy Meets World star slammed their body shaming efforts, saying that they’re the reason people struggle with eating disorders.
“[People] saying I was fat at my wedding: [You are] the worst kind of people on the planet,” Fishel tweeted. “I weigh 107 pounds and I’m 5’1”. You are the reason anorexia exists.”
Anorexia nervosa ("anorexia") is no laughing matter. About eight million Americans have an eating disorder. Of those, an estimated seven million are women. Anorexia has one of the highest death rates of any mental health condition. Between five and 20 percent of people struggling with the disorder will die.
In a 2010 interview with People magazine, Fishel revealed that she struggled with her weight as she filmed Boy Meets World. The actress said she went to dangerous lengths, including taking laxatives, throwing up, and going on iceberg lettuce-only diets. It got so bad that Fishel, who was 16 at the time, collapsed on the set. She was 89 lbs.
In that same interview, the now 32-year-old said that she was eating a balanced diet and, at 126 lbs., was no longer worried about looking “skinny” on camera.
"I've learned," she said, "to be comfortable in my own skin."
According to US Weekly, Fishel and Belusko married on Oct. 19 in downtown Los Angeles. She met Belusko when she returned to college at age 27. Five years later, Fishel and the 25-year-old are in newly wedded bliss. The couple’s age difference also drew some criticism in social media, to which Fishel quickly responded.
“People are giving me sh-t for marrying someone younger than I am. Tim is mature, responsible, loving & kind. Way to judge people, Internet,” she tweeted.
Fishel is now on her honeymoon.
If you or someone you know is stuggling with an eating disorder, you can call a confidential, toll-free helpline to speak to a trained professional at 1-800-931-2237 or chat online with a helpline volunteer by visiting NationalEatingDisorders.org.