Whitney Cummings Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder Battle
The comedian hopes that sharing her story will encourage others to seek help.
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You might know Whitney Cummings as a stand-up comedian and cocreator of the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls. But in the newest episode of Girlboss Radio, Cummings revealed a new side of herself when she opened up about her struggle with body image and eating disorders. (Related: Kesha Encourages Others to Seek Help for Eating Disorders In Powerful PSA)
"It started when I was 11 or 12," she told show host Sophia Amoruso. "It started with just like 'Oh I'll only eat this food for a month.' It wasn't about fat or calories or being thin. I was just really obsessed with controlling my food."
She deprived herself of food throughout her teens. In her 20s, starving turned into eating excessively. "I started binging and exercising addictively," she said. "It was really an anti-social thing. I was so scared of people and it gave me an excuse to sort of stay in because I would debilitate myself by eating a bunch and then having to go to the gym for three hours." (More on what it feels like to have exercise bulimia.)
Still, it took years to realize she had an issue. "I sort of put the pieces together in my late 20s and realized this was a debilitating problem," she said. "I was getting horrible migraines, my hair was falling out-it was not cute."
The comedian was able to overcome her disorder with the help of her friends. And even though she still has some trouble with food, she hopes her story will help others in her shoes. (Related: The Epidemic of Hidden Eating Disorders)
"I thought it was my job to hide all my flaws and to be perfect, you know? I thought that was the solution," she said. "Once I learned vulnerability is actually not a weakness, it's incredibly courageous, it's a strength, and nobody gets mad at you when you're vulnerable, I learned that people actually like you more, and they're more bonded and connected to you."
Huge props to Whitney for stepping forward and letting others know that they're not alone.