Zosia Mamet has shared a lot with fans in her Glamour column, My Zo-Called Life. Most recently, she opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder. "I was only 17, living in misery, waiting to die," she wrote. The actress says her issues began when she was called fat at age eight and that "ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am -- that convinces me my clothes don't fit or that I've eaten too much."
After nearly a decade of starving herself, exercising excessively and abusing her body, Zosia got help at the insistence of her family, including playwright father David Mamet. "[My dad] came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, 'You're not allowed to die.' It was the first time I realized this wasn't all about me," she said. "That's the thing about these kinds of disorders: They're consuming; they make you egocentric; they're all you can see."
Zosia offers advice for people dealing with similar issues. "The first step, I think, is for those of us who are suffering to start talking about it: people like me, who have been diagnosed, and people who live in that gray area of 'food control issues,'" she wrote. "We all suffer in some small way; we are all a little bit ashamed of that second cupcake. Let's diminish the stigma. Let's remind one another that we're beautiful. Maybe you'll help a friend. Maybe you'll help yourself."