Loni Love In Tears While Discussing Tami Roman’s Body Dysmorphic Disorder: When I Saw You, I Was Worried

Loni Love, Tami Roman

Loni Love Becomes Emotional As Tami Roman Addresses Weight Loss Concerns & Reveals Her Ongoing Battle With Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Loni Love definitely has a lot of love towards former ‘Basketball Wives’ star Tami Roman and she isn’t afraid to show it!

During a recent visit to ‘The Real,’ Tami Roman, 51, revealed that in 2008 she was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, which is a mental health disorder involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. While sharing her truth Tami Roman said,

“Yes, I’ve been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, okay. That is a mental disorder that is not curable. It takes a lot for me to get up every single day and go ‘Tami you look great. Tami, you’re pretty. Tami, you’re beautiful. Tami, you don’t need to lose any more weight. Tami, you don’t need to do anything.’ It takes a lot for me to do that.”

She added,

“When I put up a picture and [people] ‘go you’re so skinny. I hope you’re not sick, I’m praying for you.’ Don’t pray for me, for something you don’t understand.”

Tami Roman

While listening to Tami’s story, Loni Love, 50, became emotional and started to cry. Loni Love shared with Tami that she also struggles with body issues and she was concerned for her friend. She said,

“I’ve been on tv eight seasons and I’m just the opposite. You know, you’re constantly trying to lose weight [and] you’re constantly trying to be healthy. People don’t understand the personal things that you’re going through. And when I saw you, my friend, I was worried”

She added,

“So I’m just glad that you’re opening up about it cause I’m just – so concerned and I just want you to be okay”

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Tami replied to her friend’s comments and said,

“I’m okay. I don’t have cancer. I’m not dying. There’s no undiagnosed illness.”

She added,

“People try to make it all of that and it’s none of that. It’s just me trying to accept me.”

When asked if she’s currently getting help with her disorder Tami truthfully answered,

“Am I with my physician? No. Am I trying to manage it as best I can on my own and with my family? Yes.”

As previously reported, during the same segment Tami shared that she initially started to battle with body dysmorphic disorder when she was just 13-years-old. She shared,

“I suffer from body dysmorphic disorder. And I’ve been dealing with it since I was 13 years old. And so, a lot of people don’t know it’s either hereditary or genetic or comes from a negative experience, where your self- image has been annihilated. And for me when I was 13 years old, I wanted to be a model. You know we’re from New York, I was tall, I was 5’9, I was thin.”

She added,

“And I went to this agency and walked in, and that lady ripped me to shreds. I thought I was perfect. 5’9, less than 120 pounds. Assuredly they’re going to sign me. And she literally stood me in front of a mirror and said you’ve got back folds, you’ve got fat over your knees, you need to do something with your chin, your breasts are sagging. And I went home that night and from that moment, every time I looked at myself in the mirror, I could find something wrong with myself. And I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know how to deal with it, I just knew well, I’ve got to get skinnier, I’ve got to make myself smaller. I want to be a model.”

She continued,

“And so, I started abusing laxatives, I started not eating, I started throwing up, I started doing everything that I could think of to do to be as skinny as I could possibly be, being obsessive about my weight loss. People don’t realize, that’s why I got my mouth wired in 1993. To be skinny when I was already skinny. And so now today at 50 years old, I’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and so my weight fluctuates with that, and you couple that with the disorder and it’s a hard thing to manage.”

Can you relate to what Tami Roman shared? How do you feel about Loni Love’s reaction? Tell us in the comments below. 



Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel