Victoria's Secret Model Says Nutritionist Put Her on an 800-Calorie Diet and Called Her 'Fat'
Bridget Malcolm says a nutritionist put her on a 800-calorie diet
This isn't the first time that Malcolm has opened up about her struggle to with weight and body image. Getty
- Bridget Malcolm, a former , struggled for years to maintain an underweight BMI and keep up with demands of the modeling world.
- She decided to seek the help of a "guru nutritionist" who she said put her on an 800-calorie a day diet and called her fat.
- Malcolm said she followed the plan for years.
- She wrote that in the process, she damaged her digestive system, stopped getting periods, became depressed, and started getting panic attacks.
- Now, she's opening up about the experience and calling out unqualified nutritionists.
In the age of body love, celebrities regularly share stories of times they were ridiculed or critiqued for their physique. Former Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm is one of those A-listers. In a series of recent blog posts, the model opened up about her struggle to overcome body dysmorphia and apologized for promoting unhealthy eating habits.
In her latest post, Malcolm revealed that she worked with a celebrity "guru nutritionist" who she said put her on an 800-calorie a day diet and called her fat. The model wrote that she decided to enlist the help of a nutritionist in the first place because she was struggling to keep her body in the underweight BMI range.
Malcolm wrote that the person she worked with on and off from 2014 to 2019 wasn't a trained nutritionist and didn't have a medical degree. The person allegedly took her fat measurements and told the model that she was "a mess" even though she was underweight.
"Any trained dietitian would probably recommend me putting on a few pounds," Malcolm wrote. "But this person thought I needed 'all the help I could get' to lose that pesky extra weight that was regulating my hormones and keeping me healthy."
To help, she said the "nutritionist" put the model on a plan that consisted of shakes, steamed vegetables, and fistfuls of supplements that she had to buy from the guru. Malcolm added that the guru placed all of her clients on the same plan with "maybe a couple pieces of protein added here and there." She said she went along with the plan for a few months and lost weight, along with her period, digestion, and almost her relationship.
Victoria's Secret models are notoriously known for their diets and workouts. Getty
When Malcolm stopped following the plan, she said she gained all of the weight back within a week — even though her diet still consisted mostly of vegetables and no "carbs." She also wrote that she experienced severe stomach problems that have stuck with her to this day. Despite the health problems she was experiencing, she decided to return to the guru so she could lose weight and keep up with the demands of her job. She wrote that when she returned to get her measurements taken, the guru called her fat.
She went back on the plan and lost even more weight than before. After dealing with depression and panic attacks, she decided it was time to see a therapist. It took her years to overcome the eating issues and body dysmorphia that had been instilled in her, but she wrote that she's finally at a place where she's OK with being honest about her past.
Malcolm is in a healthier spot now, but she still gets angry when she thinks about the experience. She hates that there are people calling themselves "doctors" and "nutritionists" who don't have degrees.
"What makes me most angry is that there is a place for this in our society," she wrote.
Malcolm still loves the fashion industry and she noted that she is starting to see some positive changes, but she admits it will take time for everyone to catch up. In the meantime, she's advocating for each person to do their part.
"I believe the fashion industry is powerful and should be a positive place," she wrote. "So let's employ healthy, and positive people in it. Let's be the change we want to see."
Bridget Malcolm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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