Raven-Symone Says She Was Fat-Shamed as a 7-Year-Old

by Zach Seemayer 6:05 PM PDT, July 29, 2015
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There's a lot of pressure on Hollywood actresses to be skinny, but what many may not realize is just how early on that pressure can begin for young stars.

The View host Raven-Symone revealed on Tuesday that she was fat-shamed when she was only 7 years old.

"I remember not being able to have the bagel or anything at [craft services], where it's just a table of food ready for you to eat whenever you want. And I remember people were like, 'You can't eat that. You're getting fat.' And I'm like, 'I'm 7! I'm hungry!'" Raven recalled.

Raven's career in Hollywood began when she was just 2 years old, appearing in television commercials. She appeared in her first film, Ghost Dad, when she was 3, which is also when she joined the cast of The Cosby Show as Cosby's great-granddaughter Olivia.

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In fact, Raven has spent most of her life on TV, appearing as a lead in the family sitcom Hangin' With Mr. Cooper when she was 7 and then starring on the classic Disney Channel series That's So Raven until 2007.

"That's what I was told at that young of an age, even up until I got up to 180 pounds on That's So Raven," she explained.

Raven added that the pressure and weight-obsessed culture of Hollywood can lead to depression.

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"You know, you put nasty stuff in front of me or you put these images of women that I'll never aspire to, of course I'm gonna get depressed," she said.

Check out the video below for a flashback look at a young Raven showing off her acting skills on set.