June 24, 2016 02:00 PM

Motherhood looks good on Ginger Zee.

“I am so healthy and happy right now,” the Good Morning America meteorologist says in the current issue of PEOPLE.

A positive body image is something that once eluded Zee, 35, who battled anorexia as a young teen. But after going through pregnancy and giving birth to her son Aidan Benjamin in December, Zee looks at her body in a completely new light.

“I think having a baby was a huge part of it because your body changes like crazy. You become someone else,” she says. “Yes, you gain weight, but it’s for such a beautiful reason. You realize life is a lot more than what you look like.”

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In fact, when Zee finished her successful run on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars, she’d only lost 2 lbs. — and she was totally fine with that!

It made me feel better that all those years when I thought, ‘If I just work out more, I’ll lose weight,’ I was wrong. Apparently I’m just supposed to be 138 lbs., and that’s good,” says the 5’7″ star of GMA and World News Tonight with David Muir.

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The inside, she says, is where the real change occurred.

“Having a baby and then going into this challenge was really empowering,” says Zee, who launches her digital-first culinary science series Food Forecast on ABC.com in July and hopes to inspire young students through a children’s science show in the future.

“I’ve found a pride in myself that I’d never had before.”

For more from Ginger Zee, including how her family helped her battle anorexia as a teen, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Patrick Gomez

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