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Zosia Mamet Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder

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26 year-old Girls star Zosia Mamet recently opened up about her eating disorder in a long and personal piece in Glamour Magazine:

“Here’s how I think of my eating disorder: I’m an addict in recovery. We’ve brought other addictions into the light; we’ve talked about them, dissected them, made them acceptable issues to discuss and work out. We need to treat eating disorders just as seriously. (What’s different about eating disorders, of course, is that you can’t just avoid food for the rest of your life. You have to eat to live.) Nobody is addressing the fact that so many women wake up in the morning, look at themselves in the mirror, and, out of habit, attack what they see. Maybe that’s not an all-out disorder, but it’s certainly the seed of one. I read a study once that said that more than a third of casual dieters develop pathological eating habits (and of those, up to 25 percent wind up with an eating disorder). Of course, not all of those people will end up deathly ill, but obsession–and doesn’t every diet require some degree of obsessing?–is a slippery slope. Did you know that only one in 10 people who are suffering gets proper treatment? And that eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness?”

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“If you are lucky enough never to have battled this beast, let me tell you what it’s like: I was told I was fat for the first time when I was eight. I’m not fat; I’ve never been fat. But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am–that convinces me my clothes don’t fit or that I’ve eaten too much. At times it has forced me to starve myself, to run extra miles, to abuse my body. As a teenager I used to stand in front of the refrigerator late at night staring into that white fluorescent light, debilitated by the war raging inside me: whether to give in to the pitted hunger in my stomach or close the door and go back to bed. I would stand there for hours, opening and closing the door, taking out a piece of food then putting it back in; taking it out, putting it in my mouth, and then spitting it into the garbage. I was only 17, living in misery, waiting to die.”

“I can’t talk about all of this without bringing up the world we live in. Our culture delivers a real one-two punch: You want to control something, and then society says, ‘Hey, how about controlling the way you look? Skinny is beautiful.’ Your obsession feels justified. It’s no secret that we live in a country with a warped view of beauty. ‘Skinny’ sells us everything, from vacations to underwear, effectively. But we need to be brave and expose this body type for what it truly is: a figure naturally possessed by, let’s say, a mere 5 percent of women. We must demand that our media figure out another way to sell things to us. It’s not going to be easy. I recently saw an ad featuring a nearly naked, thin model with the words love yourself written across her. Even this attempt at encouraging women to accept themselves was accompanied by an image telling us the opposite! We have to change the ideal.”

 

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Agatha
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Agatha

Wich eating disorder is she talking about?

claud
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claud

My guess is anorexia/bulimia mix. they often go hand in hand yet most claim anorexia because it seems less “gross” or shameful than bulimia. I’ve been in recovery for years and I tend to do that depending on the person who asks. Some are too nosy, or I feel they’re almost looking for info on how to have an ed so they can lose weight. people are effed up. so with them, i just say an ed or ano. with people i trust and those who genuinely care, i say the truth–both.

claud
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she has an excellent handle on the crap women go through it seems. i’ve always had the best discussions with fellow ed-sufferers because they know first hand what it’s like and going through recovery is in part, studying exactly how to look at this societal BS that is trying to feed that demon. I wish her well. Recovery is life and vice-versa.

MMM
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She clearly knows what she’s talking about and is not just a publicity thing. And kudos to her that she has the balls to talk about it so openly. I don’t think I could. In these days you’re being ashamed by other people if you’re not the ideal body, but as well if you diet.

Sorrell
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Sorrell

I don´t know who she is (related to David Mamet maybe?) but she makes valid points. I have had an eating disorder for most of my grown up life and unfortunately still do and sadly everything she says is true.

aylee
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Its kind of sad how people with eating disorders blame media and bla bla the big bad wolf out there for their insecurities. At the end of the day, you got to take care of yourself and your health, getting your hands on information about exercise and nutrition is not a huge mystery. Im 28, at the age of 12 i was obece and weighed in at 242 lbs at a height of 5’6, from the age of 12 up til my early twenties i did alot of experimenting with food. diet and exercise. I remember watching a documentary on… Read more »
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i agree with you. however, ” Love thy inner self first, and it will shine outwards as you heal.” is much harder for many people than it sounds like it is for you – it sounds like you never struggled with self-hatred and severe depression in the way that many people with ED’s do (just based on your comment here). It’s great you are in such a wonderful place right now, just remember people are coming from different places and face different challenges that may make their journey longer than yours 🙂

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when you have one it feels like no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room

a
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hey. again, I totally agree with you, it sounds like we have a very similar perspective on things 🙂 and yes people are ridiculously spoiled and clueless about what they are doing/should be doing… but I still feel bad for them, because they don’t understand their own situation, and often lack the ability to understand it/learn about it. If you are someone who knows what to do to get better and just chooses not to, then yeah I don’t feel so sorry for you. I think it’s amazing that you overcame your disease, but there are a lot of people… Read more »
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