A WOMAN who is recovering from an eating disorder shared a brave and honest message about how she's felt since gaining weight.
The body-positive influencer took to TikTok to explain that recovering from an eating disorder meant her appearance has changed and so has the way that people interact with her.
Cassidy Lane, 28, works as a bartender in Iowa, and explained in the tearful post her experience with having and losing "pretty privilege".
Cassidy explained that she used to have "pretty privilege" but is now larger.
She said: "I work in the service industry right, I'm a bartender. And if you are unaware, the way you look influences it a lot. Whether that's tips or how people treat you… it just does."
She explained that after she gained weight in recovery her "whole life changed".
She said: "When I tell you that my whole life changed when I started getting help for my eating disorder which resulted in weight gain after the pandemic."
Clearly emotional, Cassidy began to breakdown in tears as she relayed the story.
She said: "I really didn't expect this to make me cry but, people don't even look you in the eye anymore, they're not nice to you, especially men.
"Like I would walk up and say, 'Hey, how's it going, how are you?' and I used to get, 'I'm doing really great honey, how are you?'
"Now it's a little more [short and blunt]."
The body positive influencer confessed that these interactions made her feel "hopeless".
She said: "It just makes you feel hopeless, like am I ever going to be worth more than my looks?"
Viewers have flocked to show their support to Cassidy with more than 1.1M people liking the honest and vulnerable post.
One viewer said: "My weight has fluctuated all my life. I am 100% treated nicer when I weigh less."
Another said: "Girl I've worked in retail forever and just the days I'd go without makeup vs with I noticed such a difference in the way people treat me."
But Cassidy now shares an incredible message of body positivity, explaining that when she was thin she hated herself but she is now far happier and healthier with the extra weight.
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