Jackie Goldschneider is opening up about her past struggle with anorexia and she is hoping to help others who battle with eating disorders. The Real Housewives of New Jersey newbie is opening up about it on the show, as well as in recent interviews!
Jackie told People in a recent interview, that her issues began when she was just 26 years old. She wasn’t content with her weight and had been dieting. Then she began restricting her calorie intake and was increasing her exercise routine. This led to Jackie hardly eating and exercising a lot. She said, “I couldn’t stop. I would do hardcore cardio no matter what, even if I was sick with the flu. I weighed every single thing that I would eat, down to a piece of gum, because I had to know I had the right amount of calories. I learned really creative ways to satisfy hunger without eating. I got very, very, thin and I became so scared of putting and weight back on. I got myself caught up in it all, in these habits that were incredibly unhealthy. And they stuck with me for the next 10 years.”
Jackie was struggling when she began dating her now-husband, Evan. On a date at a bar, Jackie said she “flat-out fainted” and woke up “on the floor in the middle of a bar.” It was a scary time. She added, “Evan saw how skinny I was and how much anxiety I had around food. When he would say something like, ‘Let’s share something,’ I would turn it down so quickly. I did everything to avoid talking about it with him. I didn’t want to put him in that position where he would have to save me.”
Even at her wedding, Jackie said her loved ones were concerned about her appearance. “That made me really sad, I didn’t want my parents to worry like that,” Jackie said. “But I couldn’t help myself.” Jackie realized, “I’m going to die if I don’t stop.”
Jackie knew she had to seek help. She met with a nutritionist who specializes in eating disorders and started to heal. She said, “When you find somebody you can trust who really knows how to help somebody with an eating disorder? I can’t even put it into words. But she told me, ‘We’re not going to fix it in one fell swoop. We’re going to look at tiny things that you do and we’re going to break those habits.’ And little by little, I changed my behavior.”
Now Jackie is feeling great, living healthy, and sharing her story. She explained, “I’m really proud of coming out of the other side because it was so hard. It’s really not a way to live. It’s horrible. It was absolutely horrible. And I’m hoping that I can help people out there like me, who usually just suffer in silence. Because I wish I knew that one day, I’d get through it. That was always a fear of mine that I would never stop doing this.”
I think this is so brave of Jackie to share, and I’m glad she is helping others by sharing her story. This is very moving and touching. I’m happy Jackie got through it and is healthy now. It’s so important that she’s aware of everything and is being proactive. She’s beautiful! I can’t wait to learn more about her on her debut season of RHONJ!
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