Cheerful gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi's floor routine video, recently went viral like wildfire. Fun-filled Katelyn showed us that she knows how to let it loose. But whatever you saw in the video has a very moving backstory. It wasn't always as happy for the UCLA student as it looks like now. Not only did she experience an eating disorder but also had a skin condition that made her dislike herself. The 22-year-old also revealed her struggles with body shaming in an interview with ESPN, for their 2019 body issue. Katelyn stripped down for the annual feature and bared her rare skin condition that causes circular bumps on her body. UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's Perfect 10 Floor Routine Takes The Internet by Storm (Watch Video).
She spoke about her rare skin condition and how people's reaction affected her. She said, "I have a skin condition called granuloma annulare. It covers my entire body. Some look like bruises; some are complete circles. It actually doesn't affect me, but people are like, 'What's wrong with your stomach?'"
Talking about body image issues, she said how she "used to feel ashamed." She also further said that rude comments were made about her body and her weight. She revealed how she used to "vomit up her food", and also constrain her daily food intake. She said, "There were times I couldn't even get through a floor routine because I was so exhausted. I would fall, and my coach would be like, "What's wrong with you?" I'm like, "All I've had today are raspberries."
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“a line of dots following a pattern but one stands out, it’s clearly an outlier that’s direction needs to reroute. alienated and put to the side in order to not be seen, studied through a screen, thinking that maybe if we can match a name to it, we’ll all suddenly become immune like any vaccine. experiencing anything that isn’t explained or doesn’t belong to the majority will make you alone, and anyone who wants to stay “normal” will hide in order to not be shown. the outlying dots were marked on my skin, to remind me that being different is no longer sin. these marks are the reminders of everyone fighting around. the ones that are no longer seen because they were cast down. the ones that aren’t lost just never wanted to be found. and the ones that just needed someone else to make a sound. multiple mediums where too many negative energies can surface. as if not commenting the hurtful message would somehow be doing a disservice. each time my skin sheds away making more room to grow. not to make room for anyone else but to let my own true colors show. proud of who i am and what my body reveals, no longer am i concerned about who it appeals. too thin, too fat, but it’s not anyone else’s job to decide all that. having a voice loud enough blocks everyone else out, but when there’s that lingering doubt every compliment received will go unnoticed like a drought. amour de soi is the only natural form of self love. once that’s reached, nothing will rise above. we weren’t meant to have it all, but make the best out of what we have every single day. i’m proud of my body and all its imperfections, that’s all i have to say.” ~ katelyn ohashi. @espn #espnbodyissue2019 photographer: @danascruggs 😍
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the human body. our own beautiful, unique forms of artwork. my willingness to do this shoot, that has a plethora of meanings, was to display the marks on my body, that i was once insecure about, which of course with good lighting become a little less noticeable and to showcase a story of once insecurity and shame turning into comfort, empowerment, confidence and art. but of course with art comes interpretation and unfortunately a misconceived judgement bc society tends to ruin beauty in a natural state. @rechellealyse once told me that as people we have the right to remain UNTOUCHED even if we are completely unclothed. @espn #espnbodyissue2019
What Is Granuloma Annulare?
Granuloma annulare is a rare disorder, the cause of which is still unknown(idiopathic). The chronic degenerative skin disorder causes marks on the body that looks like bruises. While there are many types of clinical granuloma annulare, the most common form is localised granuloma annulare. People having localised granuloma annulare usually see small, firm red or yellow coloured bumps, medically called, nodules or papules that appear arranged in a ring shape on the skin. Apart from localised granuloma annulare there is generalised or disseminated, linear, perforating, and subcutaneous. However, the rest of the kinds are quite rare. Experts are yet to find the exact cause of the condition but as per popular theories trauma, sun exposure, thyroid disease, tuberculosis, etc. have been linked to the condition. There is insufficient scientific backing though.
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However, Ohashi is now in a much better place after she took a full year break before returning to gymnastics again. "My new goal was to find joy in the sport again and just fully do it for myself," she said. Ohashi also mentioned that after she joined the gymnastics team at UCLA, where the nutritionists and trainers helped her with a healthy, nourishing diet to get things came on track.