'Girls' Star Zosia Mamet's Eating Disorder Hits Home for Many Moms

Zosia MametGirls actress Zosia Mamet was told she was fat for the first time when she was just 8 years old.

In her Glamour column, the 26-year-old recounts that ever since that day, there's been a "monster" inside her brain that fuels her belief that she needs to be thinner.

Mamet knows she's not alone. Thirty million Americans struggle with eating disorders, and the actress believes that when it comes to this disease, which she's battled in secret, keeping quiet isn't the answer. Regarding herself as "an addict in recovery," Mamet takes society to task for forcing us to believe that "skinny is beautiful." 

"'Skinny' sells us everything, from vacations to underwear, effectively," the star writes, imploring us to redefine beauty and remind each other that it is a trait we already possess.

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The actress credits her famous father, playwright David Mamet, with getting her the help she needed when she was 17. "My dad eventually got me into treatment," she writes. "He came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, 'You're not allowed to die.'"

While eating disorders are traditionally thought of as a teenage affliction, more and more women 30 and older are battling the disease, according to EatingDisorderHope.comExperts attribute this to several factors including divorce or separation, menopause, disliking one's aging body, illness, loss of a parent, or empty nest. 

While it would be abnormal (if not impossible) for women over 30 to have the same bodies they did at the age of 18, remaining slim is so highly valued in society that more mature women are facing this battle for the first time in their lives. 

Experts in the field report that in the past decade, they are treating an increasing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who are starving themselves, abusing laxatives, bingeing and purging, and exercising to dangerous extremes, according to EatingDisorderHope.com. 

Regardless of what triggers the disease, Mamet and eating disorder experts say it is never too late to seek help. 

For confidential help, call 1-800-931-2237 or visit EatingDisorderHope.com's website for a state-by-state list of treatment centers.

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