Ronda Rousey is currently known around the world as one badass fighter, becoming the undefeated UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. But the impressive 28-year-old still struggles with body issues, just like the rest of us.
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The ESPY Award recipient recently opened up to Cosmo about her complicated relationship with food as a young girl. "I grew up as an athlete doing judo, so I didn't really have a conventional, feminine body type," she revealed.
"I grew up thinking that because my body type was uncommon [i.e., athletic], it was a bad thing. Now that I'm older, I've really begun to realize that I'm really proud that my body has developed for a purpose and not just to be looked at."
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The California native added, "It took a lot of time to develop a healthier relationship with food and with my weight," something she still battles with today.
Ronda admitted that she purposefully gained 15 pounds before her nearly naked photo shoot in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
"I felt like I was much too small [135 pounds] for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating the epitome of a woman," she explained. "At 150 pounds, I feel like I'm at my healthiest and my strongest and my most beautiful."