Although celebrities have become more open about alcohol and drug addictions in the past, eating disorders are rarely discussed. Now, however, one celebrity has become courageous enough to reveal her past struggles with both addiction and eating disorders: Jada Pinkett Smith, reported the Inquisitr on September 24.
Growing up in a "drug-infested neighborhood," Jada was raised by a single mother who was addicted to drugs for years, resulting in challenges for the then-young girl.
Jada recalls worrying, “I wonder what I’m going to eat tonight because there’s no food here. How am I going to get to school? And is my mom going to be okay today? Will this be one more day she survives her addiction?”
And the significance in that mention of food goes beyond feeling stressed about adequate nutrition. Jada admits that she struggled with “many addictions, of several kinds,” which may include both drugs and eating disorders.
When she was young, Jada had a “very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life.” And she has given indications that she still struggles with an eating disorder such as anorexia.
"I don't eat for pleasure," she told Essence magazine. And even though she is extremely slender, she denies herself the foods that she loves such as French fries and pizza.
"I eat for my schedule so I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don't fall flat on my face."
The Something Fishy eating disorders Web site notes that symptoms of anorexia include:
- The desire for food is gone.
- Restriction of food.
- Depriving themselves of situations offering pleasure (including eating).