Lauren Cohan Covers Shape

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aeLImHGbCBQu7V9oRMNYg-ZNbVLunxKpPNVRikSjSpELauren Cohan—better known as Maggie from AMC’s The Walking Dead—is Shape’s latest cover star. Inside the January/February issue, Cohan discusses how being a skinny kid made her self-conscious:

I was very skinny as a kid, but when I was swimming and playing field hockey and just having fun, I never worried about how I looked. In my teens, though, I started to be more aware of my body, and I didn’t like being skinny. People made fun of me for it. So when I got to college, I ate a lot of junk and I gained weight. I loved it because I didn’t stand out as a bony girl anymore! Eating became a way of not getting attention for looking too skinny, but it was also self-sabotage. In the last few years, I’ve gotten back on track with exercising for fun and eating right, and now I’m in a happy place with myself.

The new issue of Shape hits newsstands Jan. 1.