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Jane Fonda Bravely Speaks Out About Her Years-Long Battle With Bulimia: "It's A Disease Of Denial"

Date December 26, 2018 10:29

Jane Fonda is known for her outspoken manner. The actress and fitness guru doesn’t shy away from discussing her private life, and she has spoken about her health on more than one occasion. Her decades-long battle with bulimia is quite well-known by now, and she uses her traumatic experience to help others.

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Fonda’s long battle with the eating disorder

The actress developed an unhealthy idea about beauty in childhood. Her father, actor Henry Fonda, was "a good man", as Jane herself described him, but he instilled in her the idea that you can’t be loved unless you are fit and pretty.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her mother’s suicide when she was just 12 didn’t help the situation with her mental health. In the actress’ early twenties, her unhealthy relationship with food became full-blown bulimia because of the pressure of her profession.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In one of her interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Fonda said about bulimia:

Like alcoholism, it's a disease of denial. And the problem — which you don't realize in the beginning — is that it's just as addictive as a drug.

The actress battled bulimia in secret for more than two decades. Then, in the early ‘80s, she managed to overcome the disorder.

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How Fonda managed to beat bulimia

The actress doesn’t believe people who say the disorder never really goes away. By 1982, when she was 45 and released her first workout video, she managed to get bulimia under control. But she did it in a way she doesn’t recommend to others, she told People.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress stopped the cycle of binge eating and purging cold turkey. She succeeded in distancing herself from the disorder and regained control of her body. Prozac helped her stay on track, she said in an interview with Amanda de Cadenet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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These days, Fonda talks about her painful experience to urge people with eating disorders and other mental health issues to get the help she never got when she needed it.

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