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The Last of Us Star Bella Ramsey’s Rare Disorder Anorexia Nervosa That Left Her Struggling With Body Image

The Last of Us Star Bella Ramsey's Rare Disorder Anorexia Nervosa That Left Her Struggling With Body Image

Bella Ramsey has been thriving in their career with fans falling in love with her portrayal of Ellie in HBO Max’s The Last Of Us. The show has become an instant hit, making both the stars gain an even bigger fanbase than before. This journey, however, has not been an easy one. Especially for Ramsey. They have fought internal battles which have encouraged them to reach where they are now.

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Bella Ramsey

Trigger Warning: We must inform you beforehand that this article contains mentions of eating disorders.

Growing up everyone encounters problems, and mental stress can be inevitable. Bella Ramsey too could not escape this. The actor revealed long back that they suffered from a disorder and had been working towards living a healthier lifestyle both physically and mentally.

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Bella Ramsey Opened Up About Their Eating Disorder

The Last of Us actress opened up about their eating disorder a couple of years ago and revealed that they had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Bella Ramsey chose World Mental Health Day as the perfect opportunity to stand strong with their truth and not hide aspects of who they are, whether all positive or not. They revealed that they weren’t so sure as to how it came to be but that they had been trying to come to terms with it and had also been working towards healing from it.

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Bella Ramsey

“One of the big tasks in the counseling sessions I had was trying to pinpoint exactly what set this eating problem in motion. The truth is, we never got to the bottom of it and I think this is the same for a lot of people struggling with mental health.”

Ramsey talked about how they had been looking forward to their journey of working on it. They elaborated on how difficult mental health issues can be to deal with and the internal battle that always trumps the external. They further claimed that what helped them the most had been their path toward finding Jesus.

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What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa or simply Anorexia is an eating disorder. Eating disorders refer to eating habits that a person resorts to that can negatively impact the individual in ways that can be life-threatening. Eating disorders are of three types; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Bella Ramsey went through anorexia, which essentially bothered them a lot with their body image.

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Bella Ramsey as Ellie in The Last of Us

The disorder especially leads to the individual having a distorted idea about their body which leads them to believe that they are overweight. In response to this, an individual will refuse to eat and exercise a lot without proper nutrition. It becomes difficult for them to eat in front of people or anything at all, finding excuses to skip meals and starving themselves for long intervals. It forces them to lose an immense amount of weight rapidly in unhealthy ways that could even ultimately lead to death. Their body image becomes a blur and no matter what, the individual would see themselves as overweight in the end.

The Last of Us, starring Bella Ramsey, is now available to watch on HBO Max.

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Source: @bellaramsey on Twitter

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.