Hayden Panettiere reveals body issues

Hayden Panettiere admits tabloid criticism led to body dysmorphia

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Bradley
Actress Hayden Panettiere
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Actress Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere revealed in an interview with Women’s Health that the tabloids gave her body dysmorphia. Like many other celebs, the star was being criticized by the tabloids about her body. An article featured pictures of Hayden’s backside with the word “cellulite” under the photo. Like anyone would be, Hayden saw the picture and was “mortified”. She admitted that this was the experience that pushed her into a struggle with body dysmorphia.

Body dysmorphia is known as “perceived ugliness.” It’s a mental illness in which an individual is focused on a perceived flaw in their appearance. One would never think the stunning Hayden Panettiere would be struggling with body issues. Many women would kill to have her looks.

It’s no wonder why every celebrity is fighting to be stick thin. All of them are constantly under a microscope for how their body looks. If every hair is not perfectly in place, they’re criticized. Everyone has cellulite, it shouldn’t be news. Hayden Panettiere was determined to not let these photos decide how she feels about her own body. She stated, “I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.”

Instead of focusing on constant tabloid criticism, Hayden is choosing to put her energy into something much more worthwhile. She volunteers for a variety of organizations including Autism Speaks, Make-A-Wish and the Whaleman Foundation. She said “I like to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to a case so that I have more impact. My goal is to shed light on the beauty of the ocean and how important it is for our planet.”

Hayden went on to say “People can tell when you’re happy with being you and when you’re not. It’s only cheesy because it’s true. As I’ve gotten older and grown into my body, I’ve started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you.”

You can see Hayden Panettiere in the upcoming premier of her new ABC drama Nashville on October 10.

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