Hayden Panettiere: I Used to Struggle with Body Dysmorphia

Hayden Panettiere is an undeniably beautiful star, but growing up in showbiz hasn't always been great for her self-image.

The former Heroes star recalls that when she was 16, a tabloid published a photo of her rear end with the word "Cellulite" splashed on top of the snapshot.

"I was mortified," the actress, 23, says in the October issue of Women's Health. "It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long. But I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better."

Now starring in ABC's upcoming country-music drama Nashville, Panettiere admits that being a 5-foot-1 actress had caused her to be acutely aware of how her body looks on camera.

She reveals that her tips for staying in shape aren't formulaic: She takes the stairs instead of elevators, attends yoga classes and tries to eat well -- but not according to any specific diet.

"Eating healthy is a constant battle. I love chips," Panettiere says. "I find when I'm overly concerned about what I eat, I stress out my body and put on weight."

But more important to Panettiere than what she eats and how she exercises is how she feels about herself.

"People can tell when you're happy with being you and when you're not. It's only cheesy because it's true," she tells the magazine. "As I've gotten older and grown into my body, I've started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you."

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