Those defending Tess Holliday are quick to point out that she has probably been diagnosed with "atypical anorexia", where someone basically meets all the criteria of anorexia nervosa (restrictive behaviour, fear of gaining weight etc), except low body weight. Usually a person with atypical anorexia has a body weight that is within or above normal ranges.
That being said, I am still skeptical as to whether she has in fact been diagnosed with atypical anorexia. I understand that people who are diagnosed with atypical anorexia usually do not have an underweight BMI, and can even be quite overweight, but someone Tess's size?? Really?? For eg, if "intense fear of gaining weight" and "body dimorphic tendencies" are some of the criteria for a diagnoses of atypical anorexia, I find it surprising that she would've met these criteria. Like, if she hated the way she looked and saw herself as hugely morbidly obese...that's not body dysmorphia - her perception of herself is 100% accurate lol. I would understand if she was maybe Demi Lovato's size, but Tess is practically the size of a small car. Also, "intense fear of gaining weight"? It would appear that her problem is the exact opposite of that. If she was actually scared of gaining weight, then how could she let herself get to her current size?
I tend to agree with @delicateeuphoria (who also discussed Tess's "diagnosis" in another thread) that this all seems like some sort of ploy by Tess to illicit sympathy or as a shield from negative comments about her body.
Also tagging @Ellie (from memory you're a psychologist with experience in treating people with EDs?) as it would be interesting to hear your thoughts.