Meteorologist Ginger Zee Reveals Adolescent Struggles With Anorexia
“I think the split affected my childhood a lot,” Zee stated in a prerecorded segment before taking to the stage with her professional dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
“We were moving. I had to make the new friends. I had to do everything. I had to control something so I was like, ‘I know what I can do. I’ll just not eat,'” she recounted. “I don’t think I even knew how bad it was at that time.”
The “Good Morning America” meteorologist’s eating disorder was a secret kept from most—except her mother, Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft, and a few close friends.
“I’m so angry that’s the way that I decided to cope,” Zee said during the show. “It’s going to be with me my entire life. I’m always going to have body-shaming issues. But I think I’ve now grown into enough of a woman and mature person that I realize life is a lot bigger than that.”
The reveal to the millions of viewers tuning into “DWTS” felt strange for the new mother, however, she understood it served a greater purpose—starting a dialogue about eating disorders.
“It felt strange, to be honest, because it’s not something I share too often, but at the same time I hope—everybody’s going through something—and I look at it now almost in a strange way because I think it’s a disease you choose, unfortunately, but it chooses a lot of people,” Zee told Entertainment Tonight. “A lot of young girls especially deal with it, and I hope I can just tell them—you don’t have to be stuck there—there’s a whole life beyond your issues there. It’s OK that you have it, but you can get through it. And I hope that got through.”
Zee is a finalist in the dancing competition show. She will duke it out with Paige VanZant, and Nyle DiMarco for the Mirror Ball trophy on May 24.