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Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' On Food Addiction, Meaning of Friendship and More

Mika Brzezinski, New book, Obsessed:  America's Food Addiction and My Own

"Obsessed" sheds light on Mika Brzezinski's eating disorder. — Courtesy Weinstein Books

Q: And you were lying to yourself, too?

A: I was living a huge lie. Diane actually told me to get therapy for the book, and I was like, "Oh, who has time for this?" But we did a few therapy sessions and I was pretty horrified at how bad my situation was, how controlling I was with myself, and how sick I still was. You know, I was seemingly the picture of health on Morning Joe, just perfect, and that was just so far from the truth.

Q: Has Diane kept the weight off since you wrote the book?

A: Diane is gorgeous! She has a waist! She has a bust! She has a [butt]! She used to be 250 pounds! She used to be a big blob — unhealthy, but also unhappy. She's probably going to lose a little more weight, she probably needs to. But it doesn't really matter at this point [because] she's back in the world of normal, and she looks fantastic.

Q: And have you been able to keep the weight on?

A: I actually did a half marathon [recently] that I had committed to doing a long time ago. But as the date got closer I'm thinking, "How am I going to still be 130 [pounds]?" which is what I promised myself [I'd be]. And actually I got on the scale yesterday and I'm 129. And I have to tell you it is good, that I didn't become skinny again.

Q: Do you feel that the process of writing the book has helped you have a more healthy relationship with food?

A: Every day is a little bit better. Sometimes I backtrack. I truly believe it's like drug addiction or alcohol addiction or anything else that fixates on us and eats away at us. I believe that I'll never be better, and usually when I'm at peace with that concept I have better days. You know, I should look in the mirror and see a gorgeous woman. I still don't. So I can't tell you that this story has the perfect ending. But it's a lot better ending than I ever expected.

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