Tennis Star Monica Seles Reveals Binge Eating Disorder Past

In a recent interview on “Good Morning America,” tennis pro Monica Seles revealed her nearly decade-long struggle with binge eating disorder.

According to ABC, Seles is a paid spokesperson for Shire Pharmaceuticals, maker of Vyvanase, the recently FDA-approved and first drug to treat binge eating disorder.

To raise awareness about binge eating disorder, Seles opened up about her past struggles and how she overcame the condition.

“My binge-eating episodes would usually happen in the evenings when I would be back by myself after a long day at the tennis courts and would just eat large quantities of food,” Seles said in a Shire Pharmaceuticals PSA spot. “My eating was just uncontrollable. Once the binge was over I felt so upset with myself.”

Seles says her disorder was ‘out of control’

Despite being “so controlling” on the tennis court, Seles said her eating was one area she could not get a handle on.

The behavior was rooted in the pressures of being a star athlete and an incident where she was stabbed on the tennis court, among other things, Seles told People.

“I look at my life and how many years I wasted by being shamed about it, hiding it from my family and friends and doing my binges in private … now there’s help out there,” she said.

The turning point for Seles was a friend’s wedding, where multiple fittings for a bridesmaid’s dress made her realize how much her weight was fluctuating.

“So for me that came a point where I said, ‘There’s more to life than this. And I – and I need to get help.’”

Seles urged people suffering with binge eating disorder to talk with a health care provider.

“There’s help out there. You don’t have to suffer in silence like I did for so many years.”

Source: ABC News

Image courtesy of PinkBlue/

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: Rehab Media Group, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

CALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELPCALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELP800-776-3990Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?