‘Girls’ star Zosia Mamet reveals eating disorder

"I was told I was fat for the first time when I was eight. I'm not fat; I've never been fat,” writes Zosia Mamet in the September issue of Glamour.

The 26-year-old actress, who plays Shoshanna on HBO's Girls, is opening up about her eating disorder for the first time, describing the life-changing moment when her dangerous obsession with food began.

In a personal column, Zosia reveals how she spent years starving herself and over-exercising in an effort to be thin.


"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," she writes.

“I was only 17, living in misery, waiting to die."

It was only when her father, playwright David Mamet, forced her into recovery that the actress finally began to heal from her eating disorder. The star now thinks of herself as “an addict in recovery," and hopes that others who are suffering in silence will seek help.

“If you're reading this and you're suffering, please know you're not alone. Tell someone: The people who love you will listen, I promise. And you'll feel better,” she implores.

Zosia isn't the only celebrity to struggle with an eating disorder. Princess Diana, Lady Gaga, Mary-Kate Olsen, Portia de Rossi, Ke$ha and Demi Lovato are among the stars who are known to have suffered from the mental illness - Portia even penned a biography detailing her road to recovery, Unbearable Lightness.

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