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Jane Fonda on Her Bulimia: “With each binge, the fatigue and the hostility and self-loathing lasts longer”

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I was doing the workout before I started the business, and it gave me back a sense of control over my body,” she told PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, in the most recent episode of the Jess Cagle Interview.

“The longer space you put between yourself and the addiction, the easier it gets,” she says of recovering from both bulimia and anorexia. “I started the workout, and that kind of cemented my ability to eat normal, which I can do now. Some people say you can never get over it, but you can.”

As for how she finally stopped the cycle of bingeing and purging—or simply avoiding food altogether—she says the reality was, she was getting too old to handle it.

As for how she finally stopped the cycle of bingeing and purging—or simply avoiding food altogether—she says the reality was, she was getting too old to handle it.

“As you get older, with each binge, the fatigue and the hostility and self-loathing lasts longer,” she says. “I had a husband and children and a career, and I was politically active. I couldn’t keep doing it all and allow this addiction to ruin my life. So I stopped cold turkey.”

She adds that it wasn’t easy: “Oh it was so hard,” she admits.

Fonda says she’d like others to understand that eating disorders are never actually about food. “It has to do with filling a hole,” she says. “We’re vessels that need to be full in spirits…but there are other ways to fill it.”

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I really like her statement. Its so true. Im only 30 compared to her, but also struggled the same and came to the conclusion that i just dont have time for everything. It is hard and u need something that “fills” u – more emotionaly, but i really dont see how can i do everything and waste time on things like an ED.

ps Oh, and she is beautiful

Slyer
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Yet she’s now thinner than ever? Something don’t compute here…

PennySigh
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PennySigh

First of all, she’s 80 years old. Many 80 year old women are frail, thin. My grandmother can barely keep weight on. Second of all, and more importantly, body weight is not an indicator of an eating disorder. You do not have to be super skinny to prove you have an eating disorder, nor do you have to be at a “normal” weight to prove that you don’t. I struggled with anorexia since the age 11. Imagine my surprise, as I began my recovery, how naturally thin my body type is—always was! It’s almost ironic, all those hungry days really… Read more »

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Ada

I get it, I thought without restricting like crazy I would be super fat. Turned out that, with recovery, even though my body likes to be about 15 pounds heavier than i *liked* most of those are muscle, and I don’t really struggle to keep my weight/size at all. I don’t really lose or gain weight easily.

Jenna
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Jenna

smart, beautiful, sharp. Love her

Amy
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Amy

I love to see older women look and act so fabulous like her. Truly an inspiration, when even approaching thirty I feel like im “old” now and often second guess myself when ppl try to call me over the hill and whatever else society tells over 29 women to undercut our confidence. Dealing with an ageism is bad enough but also having dealt with serious anorexia and an all-consuming bulimia for basically all of my twenties and half my teens, im kinda relieved to enter 30’s free from all that, and yes with age it gets more and more draining,… Read more »