Alanis Morissette admits she would use food to nix feelings of fear and loneliness.
The 37-year-old singer suffered from eating disorders anorexia and bulimia when she was a teen and has admits her issues with food came from an unhealthy desire to bury her feelings.
On Alanis’ blog for iVillage.com, she writes, “There are often traumas and abuses/neglect that are begging to be healed. Fat can be a way to protect ourselves and survive, a way to control something in a world where everything feels out of control, and a way to stave off profound fear of feeling our feelings. I often find anxiety, fear, boredom, disappointment, loneliness, excitement and grief to be the top feelings food can attempt to prevent.”
Alanis, who now has an 11-month-old son named Ever Imre with hubby Mario “Souleye” Treadway, still has a tough time with food problems.
Morissette explains, “See, my fraught relationship with food and fat has always been a cloaked invitation into a more profound kindness to myself (one I have so often ignored). Being kind toward my fragility in the face of a monolithic message of perfectionism and intolerance has not been an easy path – nor, I’m ashamed to say, a consistent one. Writing about it helps.”
Well, we think Alanis looks awesome these days. The singer has slimmed down quite a bit since the birth of her son last year.