The chief meteorologist for “ABC News” and co-host of “Good Morning America,” Ginger Zee, is firing back after a critic commented on her weight.
On Tuesday morning, Ginger Zee posted a video on her Twitter account before going on the ABC News set. Her followers saw her dressed down in casual clothes in the video before jumping into a striped dress and strappy high-heeled shoes.
After posting the clip, a Twitter user responded: “Wish Hollywood would stop putting pressure on women to be this skinny.”
“Hmmm I rarely get called skinny (athletic more often) —have a BMI of around 21 — I would think this is about right for me,” Zee responded with a smiley face. “I’ve weighed the same (barring pregnancy) for almost two decades. Definitely not Hollywood.”
One of Zee’s followers commented with their support that Zee seemed unphased by the user’s comment on her weight.
They wrote, “Still amazed how @Ginger_Zee can respond to these kinds of comments with such grace….I would just ignore or be very snarky.” Zee responded by simply writing, “I like addressing because other people think it — it’s an education,” with a wink emoji.
Ginger Zee’s History with Disordered Eating
The 40-year-old California native has been transparent about her struggles with her weight over the last 20 years. In 2020, she opened up about her battle with anorexia. She confessed she wasn’t proud because she felt as if it was “a disease I chose.”
According to Zee, her mother took her to an in-patient treatment center. Once there, the staff was brutally honest with her about what life could become if she continued on the dangerous path.
“It was to scare me, basically,” Zee said about the experience. “There were girls who were on their way to death. ‘That one will die tomorrow,’ she’d say. It was shocking, and it didn’t make me better right away, but I knew I had the great support of my family, and the fear factor was there.”
Although it was an uphill battle, Zee had the support of her stepfather, whom she credits as the person who worked to make sure that she recovered from the eating disorder.
“My stepfather is a saint. He came into our lives, and he taught me about nutrition and self-love, and once I started to learn about taking calories in and working calories off, then I got obsessed with working out,” she says. “Everybody goes through those stages. He helped me to get out of that moment in my life.”
When Zee was asked about what advice she would give to her teen self, Zee’s advice was full of positivity. “Just realize that there is such a bright life ahead, and you don’t have to torture yourself,” she said. “You can beat this.”