Rica Peralejo shares how showbiz work contributed to her having anorexia

Published May 7, 2021, 1:37 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Did you know that Rica Peralejo used to struggle with an eating disorder following the “standard” required by show business?

“Growing up in our industry was tough because as a performer, as a TV personality, we had to think about a lot of things — our hair, our face, naturally, but also our body,” she shared in one of her vlogs.

“So much of our body was involved in the entire process because they always say to us na, ‘Di ka pwedeng tumaba kasi ten pounds palagi ang gini-gain mo ‘pag nasa harap ka ng camera.’”

So she would always watch what she eats leading to the “usual eating disorders.”

“Kasi nga mas doon naka-focus ‘yung mga tao, doon sa katawan namin, that I would go through starvation, different kinds of diet, and excessive workouts. Kasi pinapagod mo talaga ‘yung sarili mo,” she related.

Rica vividly remembered the point she realized she was struggling with anorexia.

“I would not eat and I would get so thin. And still when I looked in the mirror, I felt fat. ‘Yun ang isa sa mga pinaka naging focus ng industriya namin,” she said.

“And that’s what I realized, thinking and contemplating about this, or at least reflecting on my beauty journey, how much of what we think is pretty or beautiful is actually dictated by an outside force more than something it is that we know deep within us.”