Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has opened up about receiving abuse and being body shamed.
The professional dancer, 30, revealed that the medication she takes for Crohn’s disease has led to her receiving the negative comments.
The star first revealed she was suffering from the condition in 2019 as she tried to help other sufferers of the condition.
According to the NHS, it is a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed.
It’s common for people with the disease to experience phases of intense abdominal pain, vomiting, exhaustion and bloody diarrhoea, although there are other symptoms too.
And now, speaking with Hello! magazine, Amy has admitted a recent flare-up and the high dose of intravenous steroids she was given in hospital have made her gain weight.
She described how the medication helps her to feel better but also makes her body bloat and her face become more puffy because it creates water retention.
Amy admitted that she always wants to look her best on the dance floor but sometimes if she is photographed in a less than ideal light people can be very hurtful and make comments about her size.
She added that she has been dealing with the effect of medication on her body throughout her career.
“I was either too skinny and people assumed I was anorexic, or I’d bloat from my medication,” she revealed.
And she described one comment which was particularly hurtful. “I’d just come off the dance floor when a dressmaker in the changing room looked at me and said ‘She has a fat bottom and a thick middle,’ she continued.
“I felt so humiliated and embarrassed. I was only 21 and still trying to deal with my condition. As a dancer struggling to fit into tiny costumes, I became very self-conscious.”
Now though, she admits that the entire Strictly team has been “so kind” and are very supportive of her condition.
She described how the male dancers on the show avoid people lifting her if they know she’s not feeling well and how Dianne Buswell constantly checks in on her.
The dancer is opening up on the abuse in a bid to try to get people to think twice before typing or saying an unkind comment.
“Some people are too quick to comment about the way someone looks,” she said. “They have no idea what the target of their remark is going through.”
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