Kailyn Lowry underwent a Brazilian butt lift, tummy tuck and neck liposuction in January. Although fans bashed the Teen Mom 2 star for the body overhaul, she revealed in her new tell-all, Hustle & Heart, why she really went under the knife.
"For years I struggled with eating disorders, and I was extremely self-conscious about my weight," Lowry wrote in the book, which will be released on November 22. "This is rarely something you ever completely get over. It's nice to think that the ultimate goal would be to feel totally at peace with my body, whatever it looks like. But in reality, that's something that has to be maintained continuously."
Lowry explained how she joined Crossfit to shed pounds, but 14 months of the workout didn't leave her with the results she was hoping to achieve. "I'd committed so thoroughly to working out and maintaining a healthy diet," she penned. "But it was clear there was only so much I could do to change the shape of my body."
After researching other options, the mother-of-two chose to . "My decision to get plastic surgery came down to one simple thing: I'm human," she wrote. "I care how I look. I knew that being satisfied with my outer appearance would give me the confidence I needed to face the world head on. For me, the things that I wanted to change about my body were nagging little distractions from the deeper missions I wanted to work on."
But Lowry didn't let the backlash from haters stop her from being confident about her decision. "When the news about my plastic surgery broke, social media erupted with people from all over the world spouting off their opinions about my decision," she wrote. "I didn't make that decision under pressure. No one around me was making me feel bad about my body. I was just doing me."
Although Lowry doesn't regret going under the knife, her estranged husband Javi Marroquin exclusively told RadarOnline.com in August how her plastic surgery contributed to the demise of their marriage. "I was more shocked at who she's becoming," he said. "In the back of my mind I was always worried of who you're going to be. Are you going to be the same person I fell in love with? Or is this going to change you?"
He added, "The surgery is part of the reason we had so many problems."
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