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Laura Prepon Tells All About The Roots of Her Bulimia

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By Chris Barilla

Throughout her career as an actress, Laura Prepon has established herself as one to fill the roles of strong and intelligent figures in various capacities. From 'That 70's Show' to 'Orange Is The New Black,' Prepon has become synonymous to fans with the idea of a strong woman character. Now, she is opening up about the one struggle that has carried on since she was only 15 years old, Bulimia, and how it has shaped her growth as an individual and role as a mother today.

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At a young age, Prepon said she was exposed to the notion of Bulimia through her mother. When asked to lose 25 pounds for a casting call, the duo began treating weight loss as a shared endeavor, propagating the condition that her mother had already suffered from since college.

"My mother taught me bulimia. It started when I was 15 and lasted until my late twenties," the actress candidly told People in a new interview where she discussed the trials and tribulations of being a mother.


"I always thought of myself as this strong, confident woman,” Prepon continued to mention, adding, “but it became a compulsion that would completely debilitate me."

The actress explained her mother's method to curb her weight, saying, "My mom started weighing me every morning and taking my measurements."

Prepon said her mother was "proud" when she had dropped down to only 105 pounds, "That’s when she told me, 'You can have your cake and eat it too,' I knew exactly what she was talking about."

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The actress said that, at the time, she felt as though it was just her and her mother's "thing", saying, "It was a bonding thing we would do together, a shared secret."

"She was bulimic in college," Prepon continued to say, "and after she lost weight, she met my father. So to her, being thin equaled success." Despite this, the 'Orange Is The New Black' star says she bears no resentment towards her mother or her decisions, adding, "I think she was trying to help me in her own way."

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Now, with her mother living with Alzheimer's, Prepon explains that she is only looking to enjoy the time she has left to spend with her, "Seeing her lose her sense of self was shattering, it put me in confrontation with our past and began the path to recovery."

"I don’t want to be angry with her, especially now, because I don’t know how much time we have left. I want those moments when she is present to be good," Prepon concluded.

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