Laura Prepon Says Mother "Taught Me Bulimia"

26 Mars, 2020, 18:23 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

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Prepon's upcoming book, You and I, as Mothers, is available April 7.

The 40-year-old "Orange Is the New Black" star writes in an excerpt, shared with People magazine on Wednesday, that she struggled with an eating disorder. "It started when I was 15 and lasted until my late twenties".

"I always thought of myself as this strong, confident woman", she said, "but it became a compulsion that would completely debilitate me".

In her latest book, "You & I, as Mothers" - billed as part-memoir, part-guidebook - Laura Prepon reveals that her mother taught her how to have an eating disorder.

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At 5'10, Prepon was a healthy and athletic teen, but when she dipped her toe into the world of modelling with an open casting at an agency, she was told to lose 11 kilos.

"My mom started weighing me every morning and taking my measurements", Prepon said of her youth. She eventually got down to 105 lbs., where her mother said she was so "proud". "She was bulimic in college, and after she lost weight, she met my father".

The actress further explained, "It was a bonding thing we would do together.a shared secret". With a fairly recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's, however, Prepon has conceded that she wants to be happy with her mother while she can still spend time with her. Now Prepon views their relationship differently. "I want those moments when she is present to be good", the mother of two described.

Seven years ago, Prepon's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the actress says that seeing her mother lose her sense of self "put me in confrontation with our past and began the path to recovery".

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