"It's heartbreaking. I knew that she had suffered with eating disorders, but nobody really sees the ugly, deep, dark places that she takes you in that book."
But de Rossi said her family knew how sick she was, and writes candidly in the book about a time when her brother confronted her about her illness.
"He saw me working out at the gym and he saw how emaciated I'd become," she said. "I'd never seen him cry before but he just broke down and said you're going to die. ... It kind of punctured that obsessive mind of the anorexic thinking and it made me try to get a little healthier. And, eventually, I really do credit him with turning things around for me."
Today, de Rossi says that when she looks in the mirror, she knows she's not perfect, but that's perfectly fine with her.
"The message in this book for me is all about self-acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin," she said. "I think that it's important to not be so concerned about how you look. As women, it's really important to be focused on things other than what is on the plate in front of you and get on with your life and develop your mind and career and not be so obsessed with how you look and what you weigh."
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Books Portia Recommends:
"The Eating Disorder Sourcebook," by Carolyn Costin
"Your Dieting Daughter," by Carolyn Costin
"100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders," by Carolyn Costin