Dubai born Filipina actress, Jessy Mendiola, is now hailed as the most attractive actress in the Philippines, though her weight loss journey has been one with many hardships and problems.
For years, the actress was bashed for her looks, with some criticizing her for gaining weight. The bullying had reached to the point that Jessy actually thought of leaving the showbiz industry after an extensive battle with depression.
In an Instagram post, Jessy admitted an opened up about struggling with weight gain and weight loss through a series of photos. She also confirmed that she once suffered from bulimia.
Bulimia or bulimia nervosa is defined as “an eating disorder usually characterized by periods of binging—or excessive overeating—followed by some kind of compensatory behavior.”
“I only started taking my health seriously sometime last year. It’s so hard to be in tip-top shape especially when a lot of people try to put you down and tell you how you’re supposed to look. Sometimes you’re too thin, sometimes too fat. I used to hate my thighs and arms. I would always kill myself at the gym just to achieve unrealistic body goals and starve myself just to reach my weight goal, 100lbs.”
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Losing/maintaining weight has always been a struggle for me. I only started taking my health seriously some time last year. It’s so hard to be in tip-top shape especially when a lot of people try to put you down and tell you how you’re supposed to look. Sometimes you’re too thin, sometimes too fat. I used to hate my thighs and arms. I would always kill myself at the gym just to achieve unrealistic body goals and starve myself just to reach my weight goal, 100lbs (2nd pic, 110lbs). I was depressed and heartbroken at that time (2013) and I gained 25lbs (3rd pic). I still kept pushing myself to work out every day. I suffered from Bulimia and B.E.D (Binge Eating Disorder), desperate to lose weight in a short period of time – from 135lbs I went down to 103lbs (4th pic). I starved myself just to lose unwanted weight… to look “perfect” but I was so unhappy. I couldn’t live my life the way I wanted to. I was usually weak and “lutang” because I didn’t have enough nutrients in my body. This kept going until 2016 when I suddenly gained all the weight back and eventually hit my heaviest weight, 140lbs. Because of all the hate online, the struggle with myself kept going until 2017 (5th pic). It was only last year when I started changing my workouts and eating habits with the help of @bodybymamakat & @nadinetengco and of course to @luckymanzano. He made me feel better every time I felt so insecure about myself and he helped me recover from my depression and made me feel loved every single day. ❤️ Sorry for this long caption. I guess all I’m trying to say is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes for you to find inner peace and whatever works for you, just stick to that. I am far from perfect but this is who I am and this is how I love myself. I love myself enough to eat what I want to make myself feel good. I love myself enough to move everyday because I want to live my life as best as possible. I know it’s hard sometimes but you just gotta stand back up and try again. To whoever is reading this, accept yourself and work hard to be the best version of yourself. You do YOU. Btw, I’m doing a fitness journey vlog soon comment below what you want me to share with you! ❤️
On top of the weight issues, she was getting non-stop criticism over her personal life.
It was then that Jessy approached nutritionist Nadine Tengco and trainer Kat Geronimo-Garcia to figure out the right exercise and proper diet to slim down.
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So… I’m gonna post about this because a lot of people asked me to. Not to show off or anything, but rather to inspire. I’ve always thought of myself as really strong and fit, yes, even on the picture on the left. I worked out regularly (weights and all), ate what I felt was good for me and you know what? It felt good, I was happy. When I won FHM’s sexiest woman in 2016, I thought… finally, people appreciate my efforts and my body. But I was wrong. I was bullied, body shamed with bashers calling me names like “pata, baboy, taba, etc.” while others said I didn’t deserve to win the title cos I’m waaaaaay bigger than the other girls who they thought should’ve won. I felt really down and started losing my confidence. I loved myself then (big thighs, belly rolls and round face) but when people started pointing out my flaws, I started hating myself, at times even thinking I was a bad person for having “thunder thighs”. I stopped working out, I got depressed, binge ate my feelings off and started gaining more weight than I should. I didn’t even want to be seen on TV anymore, I started turning down roles and it affected my work. Then I realized, why should I feel so bad about myself when I loved myself even before i was called “sexiest”. I thought of myself as sexy, strong ang beautiful in my own way. I started building myself up again despite what other people say (until now they call me names) and have lost 25 lbs since. I learned to eat moderately and exercise to feel good, to be energized rather than by punishing myself for eating chocolates or that blueberry muffin. I started accepting my built and switched my work out according to my body type (Hi @bodybymamakat and mama @nadinetengco love you both 🤗😘). I still see myself as the “pata girl” and it’s okay, it is just a matter of perspective. When I decided to shift perspective, everything started falling into place. I may not be the sexiest for others, but I am sexy and beautiful for myself, that alone is enough. Shout out to every “pata girl” out there, just keep going. Love yourself, love your body and it will love you back. TRUST ME. ❤️ #thunderthighs #patagirl #pataislife #pataforevs
Her boyfriend, TV host Luis Manzano, also encouraged her to get healthier and stronger. She credits the change to her coach and trainer, beau Luis Manzano.
“He made me feel better every time I felt so insecure about myself and he helped me recover from my depression and made me feel loved every single day,” Mendiola wrote.
Jessica Mendiola Tawile (on December 3, 1992) was born Dubai, UAE, where her father used to work.
Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola are one of the most prominent showbiz couples in the Philippines.
She studied mass communication at Far Eastern University in Manila. Jessy along with Megan Young, Alfonso Martinez, Carlo Guevarra, and her Star Magic batchmates, joined the cast of “Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv” when it was revamped to “Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2”. She also had a minor role in “Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?”
In 2008, she was cast as Chappy Girl in the TV series Volta, which was adapted from the Star Cinema film of the same name.
She played the titular character in the 2013 remake of the 1992 Mexican telenovela Maria Mercedes.