Tami Roman is addressing her battle with body dysmorphia as fans express concerns about her health.
The Real World and Basketball Wives alum spoke candidly about the disorder on the Wednesday, March 8, episode of The Breakfast Club.
The conversation turned to Roman’s health when DJ Envy mentioned a story that said, “Tami doesn’t eat.” The radio personality noted that he’s been on set with Roman and watched her eat “a lot.”
“Yes, I eat a lot,” Roman said. “I have a condition that’s called body dysmorphia, and I’ve had it since I was 13 years old. It is a mental disorder based on either trauma or genetics, and mine is trauma-based. And so, what happens with that is the way I look at myself and the way people see me are two different things.”
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Roman, 52, explained that even though she is slender, she sees herself as overweight because of the disorder.
“You know that show My 600-lb Life? No matter how I look to people, when I look at myself I can always pick something apart. I always feel like I’m overweight,” she said.
Guest host Porsha Williams asked Roman how she deals with fans and “commenters” discussing her weight.
“When I feel I look good, people will comment and say ‘You’re too skinny.’ ‘You look like a bobblehead.’ ‘She needs to gain some weight.’ All of that, in my mind, is a compliment,” Roman said. “So they’re viewing it as, ‘Girl, get your life together, I’m seeing bones.’ And I’m like, ‘Really, oh my God. I look like a crackhead? Thank you!’”
The actress and media personality has said in previous interviews she was diagnosed with the disorder in 2008.
She told The Breakfast Club, “My husband is a good support system to help keep me on track.”
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Roman visited The Breakfast Club with rapper Remy Ma, her co-star on the new Lifetime movie Girl in the Closet.
The film is based on real events, and follows a 10-year-old girl who is placed in the custody of her abusive aunt Mia (Tami Roman) after her mother Patricia (Remy Ma) suffers an aneurysm. The aunt locks the girl in a closet for years.
Roman joked in the interview that it was humorous to watch Remy Ma play someone “soft” and “maternal, loving and crying.” Remy Ma jokingly responded by saying she’s misunderstood.
Watch the The Breakfast Club interview below.