Zosia Mamet has gone public with her eating disorder troubles, confessing she “nearly died” during her youth after keeping her weight struggles under wraps for years.
The Girls star, daughter of playwright David Mamet, opens up about her food hell in the September issue of Glamour magazine, in which she has a monthly advice column.
She writes, “Do you have a secret? Is your secret something that could kill you, a silent gnawing feeling that’s slowly melting you away, little by little, something deadly that nobody else can see? Mine is. And it is this: I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child. This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew was raging inside me. I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I nearly died.”
Mamet reveals her battle began when she was just a kid after taking a nasty comment to heart.
She continues, “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.”
The actress, now 26, credits her famous father for forcing her to get help during her late teens, an intervention which saved her life.