Tami Roman is opening up about being diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) at an early age.
The former Basketball Wives star, revealed that she was diagnosed with BDD at the age of 13, while guest hosting on The Real.
“A lot of people don’t know it’s either hereditary or genetic or comes from a negative experience, where your self-image has been annihilated,” Tami said.
She continued, “And for me when I was 13 years old, I wanted to be a model. You know we’re from New York, I was tall, I was 5’9, I was thin. And I went to this agency and walked in, and that lady ripped me to shreds. I thought I was perfect. 5’9, less than 120 pounds. Assuredly they’re going to sign me. And she literally stood me in front of a mirror and said ‘you’ve got back folds, you’ve got fat over your knees, you need to do something with your chin, your breasts are sagging.’ And I went home that night and from that moment, every time I looked at myself in the mirror, I could find something wrong with myself.”
Tami went on to speak about her obsession with wanting to be skinny and the methods she would use to achieve her goal.
“I started abusing laxatives, I started not eating, I started throwing up, I started doing everything that I could think of to do to be as skinny as I could possibly be, being obsessive about my weight loss. People don’t realize, that’s who I got my mouth wired in 1993. To be skinny when I was already skinny.”