Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith addressed the issue concerning her weight loss and assured her fans that there is nothing unhealthy about it, which had sent netizens abuzz.
In an interview on "The Tonight Show with Boy Abunda," Curtis-Smith admitted that she was hurt by some of the comments on an Instagram photo of her in a bikini, which were quick to point out on her figure. Curtis-Smith explained she only had a lot of things to do for the first time that made her lose weight.
The actress admitted to talk-show that she got used to the comments about her figure, but that one stood out that made her think people were degrading her. She said "Sanay na ako at that point na maraming nagre-react na pumayat ako. Normal na 'yung mga ganung comments. But there was one comment na nagulat na lang ako. Shocks, ang dumi ng tingin nila sa akin, ang pangit-pangit ng tingin nila sa pagkapayat ko, (I'm used to it that a lot pointed out I lose some pounds. Those comments were normal to me. But there was one comment that made me so shocked. I say, ‘Shocks! They look down on me!' or ‘they think that I have an ugly weight loss‘)"
Because of this, she reassured netizens that she was fine as she had a doctor who checked up on her. Curtis-Smith then explained that the reason for her weight loss was because she did not have a driver and a maid to attend to her household needs, and it was her first time to do it all and juggle other priorities. "Nabigla 'yung katawan ko because wala na akong maid or driver. This is my first time to do all the chores, take care of two dogs, go to work, prepare for a wedding coming up, travel so many different times na hindi naman sanay 'yung katawan ko, (My body is stunned to the work load because I don't have a driver or a house help. This is my first time to do all the chores, take care of two dogs, go to work, prepare for a wedding coming up, travel so many different times that my body is not used to this kind of routine) " Curtis-Smith said. "Sumagot lang ako because I felt that I had to put the person in place kasi napaka-babaw na ng tingin sa akin, and I felt na may value pa naman ako as a person and I want you to know na hindi okay yung ginagawa mo (I had to answer because I felt that I had to put the person in place because of his shallow perception, and I felt that I still have value as a person and I want you to know that what you did was not okay)," Curtis-Smith further said.
She also shared that she was described as an anorexic, to which she fired back and explained to the commenter who accused her of being anorexic, "Alam niyo ba kung ano yung ‘anorexic' (Do you know what ‘anorexic' means)?!" Despite being a mental health advocate, she opened up that the comments affected her deeply and made her cry every time she saw them. She said, "Hindi nila alam na may repercussions yung comments ng tao (They don't know that people's comments have repercussions)." "I'm a mental health advocate and I myself have gone through depression and anxiety and for a while, bumalik siya, because I felt like that, was all I heard, (I'm a mental health advocate and I myself have gone through depression and anxiety and for a while, it all comes back because I felt like that was all I heard)" Curtis-Smith said further. The "Siargao" actress also admitted the comment affected her but she also assured her fans that she gets regular health check-ups to ensure that she stays healthy.
On the other hand Anorexia nervosa often referred to simply as anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by low weight, fear of gaining weight, and a strong desire to be thin, resulting in food restriction. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight even though they are in fact underweight. If asked they usually deny they have a problem with low weight. Often they weigh themselves frequently, eat only small amounts, and only eat certain foods. Some will exercise excessively, force themselves to vomit, or use laxatives to produce weight loss. Complications may include osteoporosis, infertility and heart damage, among others. Women will often stop having menstrual periods.
The physical signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa are related to starvation, but the disorder also includes emotional and behavior issues related to an unrealistic perception of body weight and an extremely strong fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. It may be hard to notice signs and symptoms of anorexia because people with anorexia often disguise their thinness, eating habits or physical problems.
If you're concerned that a loved one may have anorexia, watch for these possible red flags like skipping meals, making excuses for not eating; eating only a few certain "safe" foods, usually those low in fat and calories. Another is adopting rigid meal or eating rituals, such as spitting food out after chewing, cooking elaborate meals for others but refusing to eat, repeated weighing or measuring of themselves, frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws, complaining about being fat, not wanting to eat in public, calluses on the knuckles and eroded teeth if inducing vomiting and covering up in layers of clothing
I don't think also that the young actress is suffering anorexia nervosa, she is just busy with the upsurge of events that happened in her life. Curtis-Smith is set to make the waves in the movie "Siargao" alongside Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales. She also shared that the project "Siargao" is a mixture of pleasure and work. One of the lead stars Jasmine Curtis –Smith shared "Nabigyan namin ng oras ‘yung trabaho. Tapos ‘pag pack up na or may mga rest days, tapos kapag ‘yung location namin sobrang lawak tapos sa harap ng beach, ma-e-enjoy mo na rin ‘yung trabaho mo. Kapag uuwi na kami [sa rooms namin] napaka-tahimik rinig mo ‘yung mga insekto, rinig mo ‘yung alon. So there was this good blend of work and pleasure for us when we were there. (We give ample time to our work. When it is time to pack up, or we have rest days, or the location is so wide that you are at the beach front, you really can enjoy your work. When we are finished and you are in your room, it is so silent that you can hear the waves and insect only. So there was this good blend of work and pleasure for us when we were there.)" Jasmine really enjoyed her time in the location of her MMFF project because she is a nature lover who loves to go to the beach.
She even said that doing the film in Siargao was some sort of a soul-searching as well, giving her time to meditate and think about her future plans. "Yung tipong na realize ko na happy ako sa ginagawa ko, happy ako sa trabaho ko, at happy ako kung nasaan ako ngayon kasi napaka ganda talaga noong lugar. And it makes you just think how amazing life can really be if you really choose to live in that way, choose your path, (It's just like you realize that you are happy on what you are doing, happy on your work, and happy on where you are because the place is so beautiful. And it makes you just think how amazing life can really be if you really choose to live in that way, choose your path)" she said. Because of the breath-taking and relaxing beauty of the island of Siargao, Jasmine even joked about feeling way too relaxed and not wanting to go back to work during their time in Siargao. "Ang hirap bumangon! Kasi ang ganda! Masasabi mo sa sarili mo na pwede bang enjoyin ko muna ‘tong moment with a mango shake, (It is so difficult to put yourself up! Because it is so beautiful! That you can say to yourself can I enjoy this moment for a while with a mango shake)" she laughed. "It was really a good time for me to think about life. Wonder upon my next steps in what I want to do."
The movie will open on Dec. 25 as an entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival together with the other 7 film entries.