I'm A Celebrity 2019: Yvie Jones Takes An Emotional Stand At Weigh-In
During the series’ annual weigh-in, Yvie Jones took an emotional stand, asking to be excluded.
While the celebs have spent the last four weeks attempting trials to win meals, surviving on rations of rice, beans and the occasional kale punishment the mental and physical changes each has gone through are acutely visible.
Each celeb was asked to step up to a large scale and take a guess as to how many kilos they have lost during their time in the jungle. When it was Yvie’s turn she stepped up to the scale, guessing she had lost no weight.
“I’ve had an eating disorder most of my life,” she tearfully told her campmates, adding that growing up she was constantly told that her worth was intrinsically tied to her looks.
“I can’t actually tell you the last time I weighed myself,” an emotional Yvie said.
“I wish we lived in a different world where what we look like doesn’t matter,” she continued before adding that while many people think they understand the difficulties of fat-shaming and size discrimination, “it is celebrated to be skinny in our society.”
“Unless you’ve had an overweight problem, you don’t know what it’s like to go through life and be judged solely on the weight that you are on a scale or the clothes that don’t fit you properly.”
This isn’t the first time Yvie has spoken about size discrimination during her time in the jungle, earlier she and Ajay Rochester spoke about the expectation that women of a certain size should minimise themselves in social settings, or make self-deprecating comments to make others feel more comfortable.
While the weigh-in is a tradition of I’m A Celeb, Yvie admitted it wasn’t part of the reason why she was in the jungle and didn’t see the need for her to make it a focus of her time on the show.
“I came on this show because I wanted to raise $100,000 for an amazing charity that I believe in wholeheartedly. I did know that this day was coming but I honestly didn’t think I’d get here or be this emotional about it,” she said.
“I’m going to respectfully ask that my number is taken away and that I don’t know how much I’ve lost because I don’t think it really matters.”
Yvie’s request was upheld, and her weight was not revealed to her, the other campmates or at all during the show.