Jane Fonda was the poster girl for fitness and health all throughout the '70s and '80s.
You would never know that she battled with bulimia for most of her life.
Growing up in the '50s, Jane talks about growing up with poor body image. She says:
"I was raised in the ’50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved."
Poor Jane. It must have been extremely difficult to grow up with a parent who set such high standards. It was most likely one of the reasons why she battled bulimia for decades. She continued:
"I wasn’t very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time. It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It takes longer to recover from a bout. I had a career, I was winning awards, I was supporting nonprofits, I had a family. I had to make a choice: I live or I die."
Thanks to some wise words from Gloria Steinem, "Empowerment begins in the muscles," Jane refocused and tried to "fill that empty space with something." She adds:
"I’m vain. My arms are thin, but I’m vain about loose flesh. And so I’m careful that what I wear will show off my best parts, which are my waist and my butt. I have people in my life who will say, 'Honey, you’re trying too hard.' I like being saucy, but I’m 73 and a half. I’m still trying to find my way between matronly and coltishness. Colt, not cult: C-O-L-T."
Having a poor body image definitely stays with you no longer how old you are. Jane looks fantastic at 73, but we hope she continues to lead a healthy life and not resort to such extreme tactics.
You are always beautiful, Jane.
[Image via WENN.]