Jelena Dokic shows off 20kg weight loss, responds to body-shamming trolls

Dokic said she had to make some diet changes due to health reasons.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jelena Dokic shows off 20kg weight loss, responds to body-shamming trolls
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Jelena Dokic took to Instagram to reveal her new looks after cutting 20kg of body weight as the former Australian tennis star said she needed to make diet changes due to health reasons and not because she felt pressured into doing so. 

Dokic, who celebrated her 41st birthday in April, revealed last year that she was diagnosed with an eating disorder that stemmed from years of physical abuse and trauma she was exposed to. But Dokic wasn't embarrassed or anything like that about her weight or physical appearance. Instead, she insisted she was comfortable in her own body and wanted to be a great role model in the fight against body shaming. 

However, this week, Dokic shared a post that showed her body transformation. In her post, the 2000 Wimbledon semifinalist underlined it was "about health and not size" since she has a family history of Diabetes and starting to have high blood pressure last year was a wake-up call. 

Dokic also highlighted that her diet was a slow but efficient one as she lost 20kg over a period of 10 months. Also, the 41-year-old revealed the changes she made to her diet. 

"The most important thing is that I am happy and proud in both pics regardless of my weight and that I am kind always. This is about HEALTH and not SIZE," Dokic wrote in an Instagram post.

"So many questions about me getting healthier which has seen me lose weight. Weight loss was not a priority, it’s just a byproduct of looking after my health. Remember I am no expert and this is just what has worked for me.

"I didn’t lose weight quickly, I lost 20 kilos in just under 10 months. Nothing fast. It was small changes over time that I wanted to be able to sustain. There was no diet and I didn’t worry about the number on the scale.

"I have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure and I started to have high blood pressure. Also, I was really sluggish and didn’t have enough energy for my very busy and hectic lifestyle. I couldn’t keep up and I didn’t have enough energy especially mentally and I needed to change that."

Dokic's response to body trolls 

When Dokic revealed her body transformation for the first time, it was met with mixed reactions in the comment section of her Instagram post. While some applauded Dokic for taking care of her health, some weren't positive about her move, accusing her of "succumbing to the diet culture."

And last week, the 2000 Wimbledon semifinalist explained in detail what prompted her diet and why it was only health-related things. 

"It’s not good if you gain weight and it’s not good if you lose weight. It's not good if you are a size 0,10 or 18 it seems," Dokic said in an Instagram post last week.

"I had some health issues but also I just wanted to get healthier and fitter and when I turned 40 last year I really started to think about my family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

"Also, my work has increased dramatically and I needed to be fitter both physically and mentally and have more energy. I didn’t have enough energy especially mentally to keep up. I needed to eat healthier to achieve that. So,I didn’t focus on weight so much but just making better choices to feel my best. With that the weight started coming off.

"Now since a few people have already jumped on the judgment and shame train for my weight loss and said that I have succumbed to the ‘diet culture’ and don’t represent the plus size people anymore please don’t even go there."

Dokic has been very open about her mental health over the years and the trauma she experienced

In the early 2000s, Dokic was one of the most promising and talented players in the game as she was just 17 when she made the semifinal at The Championships. But then, the Australian's rise suddenly stopped and everyone wondered what was the reason behind her struggles. 

Then, Dokic made a shocking revelation that gave all the answers - she was physically and verbally abused by her father Damir. 

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Since then, Dokic has been pretty open about her mental health struggles over the years - battling depression, anxiety and even openly talking about times she had suicidal thoughts. 

Earlier this year, the 41-year-old made another shocking revelation about her father as she claimed that when she approached him to try to reconcile 10 years ago, he bluntly told her that he "would do it all again."

In the same interview, Dokic said that was the moment she decided to cut off her father for good but also shared that she had a good relationship with the rest of her family.

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