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Alanis Morissette Opens Up About Her Struggles With Eating Disorders in ‘Women’s Health’

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In a new interview with Women’s Health magazine, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette—whose iconic album Jagged Little Pill turns 20 this year—opens up to the publication about her struggles with eating disorders over the years, comparing her battles with anorexia and bulimia to that of a substance-abuse addict.

“The big question for me around eating-disorder recovery is, ‘What is sobriety with food?’” Morissette explains in the interview. “We know with alcohol, you just don’t drink it and don’t go to a bar. With heroin, you just don’t go near it. Whereas with food, you have to eat, so how can one go from, in my case, bingeing and purging, starving, overeating, the scale going up and down—how can I go from that to a ‘sober’ approach?”

The “You Oughta Know” singer goes on to explain that her food-related struggles likely stem from her issues with boundaries. Thankfully, though, Morissette no longer struggles with creating healthy boundaries for herself: “I’ve been so disassociated for most of my life, and it’s shown up in various forms like eating disorders and not having boundaries around having sex as a young person and just not being aware of boundaries and having a lot of mine be violated and not considered… For me, the idea of building boundaries has become a huge part of my spiritual practice. With the mindfulness somatic practices, it’s really helped me stay in my body.”

Considering Morissette’s impact on the music industry over the past 20 years, as well as her influence over legions of young girls and women, we’re incredibly grateful and thrilled to see Alanis happy and healthy today.

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