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Boy Meets World Star Danielle Fishel Finds Peace With Her Body

If you ever watched the show Boy Meets World in the '90s, you probably never would have looked at Topanga Lawrence, played by Danielle Fishel, and thought this young girl had issues with her weight. She was adorable, thin, and fun-loving on the show, but in her teen years, she was secretly "obsessed" with having a 24-inch waist. In order to maintain this tiny frame, she tried taking laxatives, eating a diet of iceberg lettuce, and occasionally making herself throw up. She admits, "I was terrified to eat. I would hide the fact that I wasn't eating lunch." She realized "this was not a game" after her 89-pound frame collapsed on the set one day.

After years of trying to maintain an impossibly thin and unhealthy body, now at 28 and hosting The Dish, this celeb says, "I'm as healthy as I've ever been." Following a balanced diet, at 126 pounds, she's happy with her body and no longer worried about looking thin on camera. "I've learned to be comfortable in my own skin."

Can't remember who Topanga was? Check out a video clip of Boy Meets World when you


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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think she looks fine, but why does she feel the need to broadcast her weight? Is it to say "look, I'm not too skinny!" or "I'm definitely NOT fat!" It's kind of obnoxious...weight is just a number, anyway.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I think she looks heavier than 126 pounds, too! How tall is she?
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
Like I tell all my friends- everything I have learned or need to learn about life, I learned from Boy Meets World.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- I've always admired Topanga's hair. Gorgeous.
katyharper katyharper 7 years
Oh how I envied Topanga's hair.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Glad she is healthy. That show was pretty good.
zeze zeze 7 years
I don't know how tall she is, but she looks like more than 126lbs to me... I always wonder if celebs lie about their weight when they do these "i'm healthy now" articles.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I know she's tiny but how tall is she? As for her famous character, I liked her in the early seasons, but then just got annoying as the show progressed.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I read this interview,too. Here's what I have a problem with: she talked about how, after her photo shoot for Nutrisystem, she went back to eating - and this is a direct quote - "grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, and french fries." The next thing out of her mouth was that her weight during the Nutrisystem commercial "just wasn't maintable." Um, no one is going to maintain their weight eating that crap! I'm glad that she's gotten past her her eating disorder she had years ago, but it's sad to me that she gained a bunch of weight, lost it the healthy way, then gained it back eating junkfood and chalked it up to just not being maintainable.
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
laellavita, I was thinking the same thing. Like when did 126lbs even remotely become average..I think that makes the rest of her comments sounds disengenious.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
good for her for coming to peace with her body, but it always bugs me when people disclose their weight as if to say I'm really not fat! I'm just incredibly curvy! She's quite easily then a really small woman but it's things like that, and things like Kim Kardashian saying she's at her goal weight of OMG109LBS!! like we should all care about the number on the scale. That's not the measure of fitness and happiness, her confidence should speak for itself.
yougotmefriend yougotmefriend 7 years
Good for her! but what is that dress!!
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