WATCH: Troian Bellisario Opens Up About Anorexia Struggle
Troian Bellisario opened up about her past struggle with anorexia in a new interview with “Larry King NOW.”
The “Pretty Little Lairs” star remembers first revealing her disorder to Seventeen magazine, an experience she now criticizes for the way her story was “sensationalized.”
Of that interview, Bellisario said, “You know, they asked me what I was like when I was 17 and I wasn’t going to say I was great, because I wasn’t. I was suffering from a mental disorder. But what I so often find is that it becomes about the facts. How much weight did you lose? How were you treated? Were you hospitalized? And that’s not important to me.”
“What is important is to talk about the feelings, to talk about the help that young girls and young men who have this problem can get if they find that they are suffering,” stressed the actress.
Initially, Bellisario said she struggled to confront her own anorexia.
“I was a very smart girl, and I convinced them that I would be fine and I could do it on my own. And I went away to Vassar College for a couple of months and got sent home because I got too bad,” she revealed.
According to Bellisario, what makes the difference is “when somebody says, ‘Okay, I’m going to sit down with you and talk about what you’re feeling, what’s causing you to not want to eat,’” because “you start to begin to address the problem and then you can get back into healthy eating habits.”
Check out the video below, and tell us what you think of Bellisario’s interview!