Mia Kang shares how she overcame body dysmorphia in new memoir

The TV star and supermodel opens up in “Knockout” about how she fought her way through eating disorders and drug use by turning to Muay Thai boxing.
2:53 | 10/19/20

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Now to a life-changing trip for supermodel Mia kang, the star is opening up in a new memoir about fighting her eating disorder and finding her inner strength with muy Thai boxing. Good morning, Adrienne. Reporter: Somebody else really it appears. Mia kang has graced the pages of "Vogue" and "Sports illustrated" swimsuit issue and hopes her story will inspire others who have struggled. Mia kang is in Thailand. The same place where a boxing gym became a surprising sanctuary following her many bouts with anorexia. I feel like I lost a lot of Reporter: She's opening up in "Knockout." Born and raised in Hong Kong she describes a troubled home life and found comfort in food. I grew up as an overweight child and I was really bullied in school because of that. Reporter: Desperate to lose weight, Mia began starving herself. That's where I developed anorexia when I was 13 and I lost about a third of my body weight very quickly and I got scouted as a model right away. Reporter: Just like that her global career launched. It's been an incredible, incredible experience. I am the happiest girl in the world. Reporter: But behind her dazzling smile she still thought she was fat leading to liquid diets, drugs and depression. But you kept that same cycle for many, many years then you had this breaking point, right? So when I was -- I was 27. I took this campaign but they want me to really shrink down as much as I can. I just burst into tears and really my body was like, again, we need to do this again? Reporter: Mia had had enough taking a break from modeling ending up here. Thailand would change her life. So I stumbled across this muy Thai gym and pulled over and asked if I could try. Gave it a go. I felt absolutely in love with muy Thai. Reporter: It helped Mia to free herself from self-destructive habits and find her strength. That's kind of the pivotal turning point from living this life of self-loathing and hating the body that I was in. I am half Korean, half British. I love my thighs. Reporter: Now embracing a fuller figure she's helping others to find their confidence. I see a woman who is a sum of all the experiences that she's been through. I feel proud of the woman that she is. Reporter: And we mentioned Mia is in Thailand currently. Not able to travel due to covid restrictions but grateful for other ways to connect. "Knockout" is out tomorrow. Thank you so much. Coming up more messaging

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