Former Citizen TV presenter Joey Muthengi opened up on how she starved herself, just to fit into clothes she was given to wear for her show.
In a series of tweets, Ms Muthengi said that when she landed the TV job, she stopped eating because she was under pressure to maintain her image, and she thought she was fine.
I got it under control for a few years after then somehow I landed on TV. Then I stopped eating at all. I looked great in those dresses they gave me but underneath I was suffering pic.twitter.com/rrYY06traW
— Joey from Friends (@Joey_Muthengi) August 9, 2020
She pointed out that the TV job had stressed her so much, and when one of her friends sent her a picture of how she looked before the TV job, she couldn’t recognize herself and decided to quit, to focus on her health.
Ms Muthengi who had shared pictures of herself with the tweets said she has been fighting Bulimia for about 20 years and is proud of the far she has come.
(Bulimia-is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging)
“The job had stressed me to the point of me losing myself. Someone had sent me this pic of what I looked like before and that’s when I decided to put my health first. So anyway, someone might look great on the outside but feel awful inside. I was in so much pain when this pic was taken. It’s been 2 decades for me. I’m still fighting this demon that is rarely spoken about in African culture. But I’m fighting every day”
“So this is me now. And I am damn proud of myself for making it here and even more proud of myself for appreciating how God made me,” said Joey Muthengi.