TV star says ’20 years of dieting’ has damaged her bones permanently
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 18
Jameela Jamil has revealed that her bones have been permanently damaged by her diet (Picture: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock)

has revealed that dieting since her teenage years has affected her bone density.

The actress, 38, is a and has been open about struggling with anorexia when she was in her teenage years and early 20s.

The Good Place star and former T4 host explained that she was experiencing ‘a lot of pain’ and a scan confirmed that she had low bone density in an emotional post shared on .

‘I have been in a lot of pain lately and it turns out 20 years of dieting has hurt my bone density. My bone density. In my 30s.

‘Please please please do not let diet culture drag you to where I am.

The Marvel actress , continued to speak about the long-term effects of eating disorders and how she hoped people learned from her mistakes.

In the emotional post, the star repeatedly condemned diet culture (Picture: jameelajamil / Instagram)
Jameela starrred as Tahani in The Good Place from 2016-2020 (Picture: Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

‘I know people think I’m annoying for going on and on about the harm of not eating enough, but no compliment I have ever received is worth the pain and regret of what happens to your body when you do extreme things for fast results.

‘My passion against diet culture is born of something that is not Holier than thou.

‘It is a desperate plea for you to not end up like me.’

The star has been open about how her weight has controlled every aspect of her life.

In 2019, who she described as ‘fat-phobic’. 

Jameela transitioned from presenting to acting around 2016 (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

She told the : ‘Jutting hip bones were seen as a sign of peak brilliance both at home and at school. It didn’t matter that I did well academically or was a good swimmer. All I thought was important about me was that my jeans hung off my hip bones.’

In the caption of her recent post she added that she was ‘embarrassed’ about the long-term effects she now suffers from because she didn’t treat her body well.

‘I’m so sorry to my body. I’m so embarrassed that I did this to you. You tried to keep me alive and I tried to kill you. 

‘I will spend the rest of my life fixing you and trying to stop others from hurting their bodies.’

The former presenter has been in the spotlight since 2009 (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The Poker Face star added that the average person doesn’t have the money to find out if their body is going to suffer from long-term issues because of diet culture, but celebrities do, making it all the worse that some endorse dangerous diets for fans to emulate.

‘The reason I get so mad when celebrities push these ideals is because we have the money for the tests that detect the horrific side effects of extreme dieting. 

‘Most of the people emulating celebrity bodies and eating practices do not. If they mess up their bodies there is a team of experts ready to patch them up. Most do not have that luxury. And nobody talks about it.’

The actress has previously slammed celebrities such as and encouraging an ‘eating disorder culture’.

The star concluded by saying: ‘F*** diet culture.’ 

states that eating disorders such as anorexia can ‘affect healthy bone growth and lead to low bone density.’

They state that there are a number of reasons for this, including the dropping of oestrogen – a hormone responsible for healthy bones -when somebody has anorexia, as well as the bones not getting the nutrition they need.


If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact on 0808 801 0677 or at [email protected], for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment. For other helplines across the UK, visit for more information.