Ginger Zee: Becoming a Mom Made Me Feel Better About My Body – and My Life!

06/24/2016 at 02:00 PM ET

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.”

Ginger Zee son Adrian Benjamin
Allison Michael Orenstein

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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.

Ginger Zee son Adrian Benjamin
Allison Michael Orenstein

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 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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Anonymous on

People editors – Ginger’s baby is named Adrian, not Aidan.

Kay on

People editors – the baby’s name is Adrian, not Aidan – I think you left out the “R”.

M Eck on

His name is Adrian

Anonymous on

Who cares?

Lucia on

Look at him, he is so cute.

Meena on

Will there ever be an end to these asinine stories?

guestie on

That baby is b e a u t i f u l! 😋

anon on

Darling baby but SO sick of her

Me on

Ginger go back and be the Bimbo Weather Girl

Osanna on

He is such a cutie pie.

GP on

Oh my….she is so annoying!