In a very personal interview with Parade magazine, The Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels reveals how she was overweight and bullied as a kid, and how getting started in martial arts in the ninth grade helped rebuild her self-esteem.
On being fat and bullied:
"In eighth grade, I weighed 175 pounds and my nose was the size of a softball. Once, I was sitting at lunch and got surrounded by a bunch of kids who let me have it about how ugly I was—my unibrow, the size of my nose, the fat rolling over my jeans. It was pure hell. My mom had to pull me out and put me in another school."
How martial arts saved her:
"My mom signed me up for a martial-arts class in ninth grade. That’s when I started to believe in myself. It taught me that if I didn’t respect myself, no one else would respect me. It helped me to redefine myself. I still identify with people who are struggling to an extreme degree. I want to fix the situation. Helping others brings peace to the helpless feeling inside of me."
Jillian goes on to talk about her estranged relationship with her father and how she's been in therapy since she was 5 years old. The interview shows a different side of Jillian and is definitely worth reading.
You can check it out at Parade magazine here.