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Mika Brzezinski Shares Experience Battling Eating Disorders

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Morning Joe co-host and author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction–and My Own Mika Brzezinski was at George Washington University Wednesday to discuss eating disorders and her personal experiences for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Brzezinski, who for the past 30 years has suffered several eating disorders, started off by recounting her love of and obsession with food, beginning early in her life.

“My brain would not rest, it just wouldn’t rest, until I was biting in to that first Big Mac,” said Brzezinski. She said that, during high school, she would regularly take an after school visit to McDonald’s for two Big Macs and two large fries, and would obsess over it the entire day.

Early in her career, when she set off into local television, Brzezinski said she would run 12 miles a day in an attempt to look more like the “beauty queens” who were getting promoted around her.

After having her first child, a then size-eight Brzezinski recalled an interview with NBC in which she was told afterwards, “I’m sure you’re very talented…I love your family background…Your education is great…But you look terrible. You need to lose some weight, drink a little water. and come back to me in six months.”

And she did. After several months of working hard to get in shape, Brzezinski sent her NBC contact a photo of herself. She was brought in for an audition and got the job.

For more on Mika’s experience navigating the media profession while battling eating disorders, look to GW’s website toward the end of the week for video of her lecture.

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