‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mika Brzezinski talks to GW students about eating disorders

February 26, 2014
Mika Brzezinski appeared at George Washington University on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014. (Helena Andrews/The Washington Post) Mika Brzezinski appeared at George Washington University on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014. (Helena Andrews/The Washington Post)

Celeb:  Mika Brzezinski, the feisty and uber-informed (unless your name’s Russell Brand) co-host of MSNBC’s early-bird must-see, “Morning Joe.”

Cause: As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Brzezinski — author of “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own” — talked about her 30-year battle with food addiction at a discussion hosted by George Washington University.

Scene: Standing at the lectern, Brzezinski, 46, started from the beginning. With her trademark certainty and self-deprecation, Brzezinski (wrapped in a clinging black jersey dress; in sky-high heels with the tell-tale red soles that whisper Louboutin) recalled how at age 13, she began running five miles a day. By college, she was up to 12 miles, spending most Saturday nights in her dorm room with diet pills and Domino’s. “There was a moment I had to stop lying to the world and write this all down,” said Brzezinski of her struggle to stay 118 pounds in a tough-on-body-image industry.  

A young freshman wearing a suit was first to the mike with a question. “How do you stop thinking about food?” he asked, when he’d shared his story about going from 350 pounds to 170 after joining his high school track team. Brzezinski, not a fan of sugar-coating, offered up tips with a blunt caveat: “I can remember that Big Mac taste right now.” 

Sound bite: “You can’t let this be your journey. Don’t throw away or throw up your health.”

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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