On the court, Monica Seles was a champion. But life was far from perfect behind the scenes.
In a new interview with ‘People,’ the tennis star opens up about her battle with a binge eating disorder and how the disease almost consumed her.
“My eating was just uncontrollable,” says Monica, whose weight often fluctuated during the height of her career.
Monica's weight loss (left) and gain (right) during the early 1990s. (Credits: Getty)
The 41-year-old reveals the binging really took over as an adult. Along with the pressures that come with being an athlete and the trauma she faced after being stabbed on the court during a 1993 game, Monica was also dealing with her father’s prostate cancer.
Binging on everything from bags of potato chips and pretzels to cookies, she couldn’t comprehend her actions.
“It was very hard to understand how on the tennis court, I would be so focused and so disciplined in my training, but when it came to binge eating I had zero control,” she tells ‘People.’ “I felt really embarrassed about it.”
Today, Monica — who retired from the sport in 2008 — is in control, but she still has her bad days. To bring awareness to the disease, she has joined up with the Binge Eating Disorder Association and National Eating Disorders Association. Check the commercial out below!