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Ex-VFLW player Eloise Gardner happy skinfold testing is now banned AFL made the decision to protect mental health of emerging players Commentators Matthew Lloyd and Kane Cornes were in disbelief

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Essendon star Eloise Gardner has lifted the lid on her health battles as she fired back at footy legend Matthew Lloyd for slamming the league's recent move to ban skinfold testing.

Gardner took to social after Lloyd and fellow commentator Kane Cornes both condemned the decision by the AFL.

'Good riddance! The outrage to this is atrocious,' she tweeted.

'Between my 1st & 2nd VFLW seasons I lost 10kg, became obsessed with tracking my weight & food to the point of borderline having an eating disorder + was over-exercising. 

'The pressures on young athletes are already enough.

Essendon star Eloise Gardner (pictured left, holding the ball) has fired back at Matthew Lloyd after the AFL legend criticised the league's controversial move to ban skinfold testing

Essendon star Eloise Gardner (pictured left, holding the ball) has fired back at Matthew Lloyd after the AFL legend criticised the league's controversial move to ban skinfold testing

Essendon Bombers champion Lloyd (pictured with wife Lisa) declared 'the world has gone mad' after skinfold testing was officially banned by the AFL

Essendon Bombers champion Lloyd (pictured with wife Lisa) declared 'the world has gone mad' after skinfold testing was officially banned by the AFL

'I remember being celebrated for how hard I'd worked over the off-season and the praise I received. 

'It very quickly embed the belief that my weight determined my self worth. 

'I have no doubt my obsession with pushing my body to its limits, whilst not fuelling my body appropriately and neglecting other aspects of my mental and emotional wellbeing was a key factor in my current chronic illness.'

Gardner suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome so badly that she was left bed-bound for more than a month. 

'This illness is

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