Tammin Sursok reveals she once weighed close to 200 lbs.

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated December 05, 2016 03:14 PM
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Tammin Sursok is opening up about her past struggles with body confidence and self-love.

The Pretty Little Liars star, 33, shared a collage of photos from her childhood along with a message to her followers who may currently be struggling with their self-esteem.

“[These photos] actually took me back to a place of painful memories,” she posted on Instagram on Sunday. “I remember the lack of self-love and the lack of compassion I had for myself.”

The actress says she decided to share the photos so that anyone who is dealing with their own issues feels less alone.

“I think it’s important to speak about this around the holidays, especially when all we are seeing is everyones ‘highlight’ reel — the filters, the perfect families, the perfect bodies — and I know there are many people out there who are struggling, who don’t feel like they are enough, who have no hope,” she writes. “I promise you, you can change your life. You can get out of a painful situation. It takes one positive step in the right direction. Just one step.”

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Sursok explains that her post is not just directed at people who are dealing with weight issues.

“This is not about weight — it’s about positive change from whatever negative situation you find yourself in,” she writes. “This is coming from me. This was my story — a little girl close to 200 lbs., who woke up one day and decided enough was enough. I love you all and I truly believe in every one of you. #thisisbeautiful.”