Girls 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.