Jane Fonda says she 'assumed I wouldn't live past 30' because of an eating disorder: 'I was very, very unhappy'
Jane Fonda opened up about her experience with the eating disorder bulimia.
"I was very, very unhappy. I assumed I wouldn't live past 30," she said on "Call Her Daddy."
She said she stopped "cold turkey" in her 40s and "didn't realize there were groups you could join."
Jane Fonda said she had an eating disorder at the height of her acting career that became so severe she thought she "wouldn't live past 30."
The actor, who is just as well known these days for her activism, appeared on Wednesday's episode of the "Call Her Daddy" podcast and discussed her experience with bulimia, the eating disorder characterized by cycles of binge eating and purging.
"In my 20s, I was starting to be a movie actor," the "80 for Brady" star told the host Alex Cooper. "I suffered from bulimia very, very bad. I led a secret life."
"I was very, very unhappy," she added. "I assumed I wouldn't live past 30 — I'm 85, I don't understand. I didn't go out. I didn't hardly date because I was unhappy and I had this eating disorder. And then I was also making movies that I didn't very much like."
Fonda, who is the daughter of the Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, previously said her mother, Frances Ford Seymour, also developed an eating disorder before her suicide at age 42 in 1950, when Jane Fonda was 12.
Fonda went on to say that while her eating disorder seemed "so innocent" and "so innocuous" at first, it didn't stay that way.
"What you don't realize is it becomes a terrible addiction that takes over your life," she said, adding that she was "miserable" and "kept wanting to quit."
"It harms the way you look. You end up looking tired. It becomes impossible to have an authentic relationship when you're doing this secretly," she continued. "Your day becomes organized around getting food and then eating it, which requires that you're by yourself and that no one knows what you're doing."
Fonda added that as she got older, her bulimia got "worse and worse" and began to take a toll on her body, leading her to think: "If I keep on like this, I'm going to die."
In her 40s, the actor said, she sought to quit "cold turkey" without the help of a medical professional or support group simply because she didn't know that was an option.
"I didn't realize there were groups you could join," the "Barbarella" star said. "I didn't know anything about that. Nobody talked about it. I didn't even know there was a word for it."
"It was really hard," she said. "But the fact is, the more distance you can put between you and the last binge, then the better it is. It becomes easier and easier."
Correction: February 9, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misidentified Jane Fonda's father. He was Henry Fonda, not Henry Ford. It also misquoted an interview Fonda gave about her mother. She said her mother had had an eating disorder but didn't specify which one.
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