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Girls' Zosia Mamet Reveals Eating Disorder Struggles: 'I Didn't Care If I Died'

Girls' Zosia Mamet Reveals Eating Disorder Struggles: 'I Didn't Care If I Died'

Zosia Mamet has opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder in this very revealing essay for Glamour‘s latest issue.

“I was told I was fat for the first time when I was eight,” the 26-year-old Girls star wrote for the magazine. “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.”

“My dad [playwright David Mamet] eventually got me into treatment,” she recounted. “He came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, ‘You’re not allowed to die.’ It was the first time I realized this wasn’t all about me. I didn’t care if I died, but my family did. That’s the thing about these kinds of disorders: They’re consuming; they make you egocentric; they’re all you can see,” Zosia continued.

Thankfully, Zosia revealed that today she is feeling good.

Read her entire column over at

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  • Go That Way

    Good for her, next!

  • sorry not sorry

    Like we didn’t already know. Tell me more about the plight of the upper-middle class white suburban twentysomething young women living their dreams in New York City. Personally, number of f-cks given here? Zero.
    Zosia and her fellow talentless cast mates should thank nepotism for their dull careers and quit b-tching about being so lucky in the media. I, for one, can find no reasonable explanation for their success. #poorlittlerichwhitegirlproblems

  • ish

    @sorry not sorry: agree, agree, agree. bless your truthful words lol

  • bicurious

    @sorry not sorry: I’m sorry, but instead of being bitter and attacking our sisters who are making art and going places, why can’t we instead band together and make a world where ALL women have these sort of opportunities……

    The constant women on women attacks, fat shaming, and slut shaming really need to end.

  • @sorry not sorry

    @sorry not sorry
    you are a bitter misogynist and racist.

  • sorry not sorry

    @@sorry not sorry: Sorry to disappoint you, I’m a woman and I am white. Most people have real problems to deal with. F-ck off.

  • Guest

    @sorry not sorry: Truer words have never been spoken!! Can’t stand these overprivileged brats either!