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'I can eat Domino's pizza IF I run 10 miles': Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski opens up about her eating disorder - compulsive overeating and overexercising

Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, has opened up about her eating disorder - an overwhelming compulsion to overeat and overexercise.


In an interview with Moremagazine, the 45-year-old - who also reveals her struggles with food in her new book, Obsessed - explains how she previously kept her past a secret because it was 'too embarrassing'.

She said: '[As] the youngest in a brilliant family, always feeling like I couldn’t keep up... I thought eating was something I could control, unlike what I felt was a lack of intellect.'
Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, has opened up about her eating disorder - an overlwhelming compulsion to overeat and overexercise. Struggle with food: Mika Brzezinski (left) has opened up about her overwhelming compulsion to overeat and overexercise; she credits TV personality Diane Smith (right) with helping her overcome her eating disorder

It was after a heartfelt discussion with her friend of 18 years, TV and radio personality Diane Smith, that Ms Brzezinski decided to document her metamorphoses in a book.

'There were these constant stupid negotiations with myself: "I can eat the Domino’s pizza if I run 10 miles afterward," Ms Brzezinski explained.

'That’s what I’d do after bingeing — go for punishing runs.'
Opening up: The 45-year-old - who also reveals her struggles with food in her new book, Obsessed - explains how she previously kept her past a secret because it was 'too embarrassing'Opening up: The 45-year-old - who also reveals her struggles with food in her new book, Obsessed - explains how she previously kept her past a secret because it was 'too embarrassing'

She recalled one luncheon with her co-host, Joe Scarborough, where she had 'inhaled' a plate of 'gross breaded chicken stuffed with cheese, along with fried potatoes.'

She said: 'At work, if someone brought Dunkin’ Munchkins, I’d eat an entire 25-piece box. At a hotel, while traveling on business, I’d order room service for three people and eat everything. And I had all these weird ways of convincing myself that what I was eating was OK.
More magazine: Mika Brzezinski's interview is in the May 2013 edition of MoreMore magazine: Mika Brzezinski's interview is in the May 2013 edition of More

'Food was the thing I could count on. Food always loved me back.'

With thinning hair, red eyes and a puffy face, Ms Brzenzinski credits Ms Smith with helping her to 'pull it together,' she said.


'I made a commitment to be OK with missing a couple of days of exercising, to let myself exercise four or five times a week and not every day. I’m also trying to not kill myself over what I eat,' she explained.


Ms Brzezinski, whose 'specialty was eating entire boxes of cereal,' voluntarily weighed herself in front of a More editor.

'I’m working on believing 133lbs is right where I should be,' she said.

While the subject is still 'so embarrassing' for her, Ms Brzezinski hopes that her new book will enable other people to seek help.


'I wish I’d dealt with this problem much earlier, because obsessing about food is a terrible waste of time. I never want my daughters to spend so much of their lives consumed by this,' she said.
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