Monica Seles Opens Up About Binge Eating

The tennis champion and bestselling author stars in a new PSA to help other battling the illness.
3:39 | 02/03/15

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to tennis champion best-selling author Monica sales bravely coming forward to talk about a very private battle in her life called binge eating disorder. I sat down with her in an ABC news exclusive and she opened up about her experience and how she's letting fellow sufferers know they're not alone. So many of tennis phenom Monica sales' triumphs and tragedies took place on the court for all to see but one struggle was kept largely private until now. My eating was just uncontrollable. Reporter: Monica, a paid spokesperson for Scheyer pharmaceuticals is hoping to raise awareness for big eating disorder which affects 2.8 million Americans. Thank you for coming forward. It's nice to have a face that is not afraid to say, look, this is real. It happens to many of us and I'm willing to step forward and to get some help. Yeah, for me it was an easy decision really to come forward about big eating disorder. I wanted to let people out there know who struggles from it, they're not alone. So binge makes one think about bulimia but this is very different. Would you share with us the difference? For sure. My permanent experience binge eating is eating huge and I mean huge quantities of food in a very short period of time so for me when I was in stressful situations I would start my binge eating. Trigger food was pretzels, potato chips and would do them alone because I was so ashamed here I was a tennis player, so dedicated yet in this one area of binge eating I was out of control. Reporter: Then a turning point. Monica was asked to be a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding. As an athlete you're sporting and wanted to be glamorous and here I had to go in for fittings because my weight would be nukt waiting because of my binge eating. So for me there came a point when I said there's more to life than this. I decided to talk to my health care provider and really come up with an individual plan that worked for me. This is one of the reasons I'm so passionate about it because I live with it and if you feel you are experiencing some of the symptoms go out there, talk to your health care provider, there's help out there. You don't have to suffer in silence like I did for so many years. You know I'm a big tennis fan so I'm having a little bit of a problem controlling myself. I want to ask you everything about Tennessee nis including how to improve my backhand but I won't. Your thoughts on Serena's game. It's great to see her back healthy and happy and really wanting to win a match. She's a force to be reckoned with. Right back at you, a force to be reckoned with. I hope I'm back March 10th in Madison square garden. You're my doubles partners so you bet. You are the best. I'm happy to be here spreading this message with you. Thank you for your courage and your tennis tips and it's wonderful to see you again, Monica. Thanks so much, Lara. A pleasure. Great to see you. See you on the court. Bye. She is a warrior on and often the court. Last week the fda approved the use of the drug vivance. More commonly known for treating add to treat binge eating disorder. The first to treat this and this is a very serious thing. Most of us think about bringing and purging. This affects millions of Americans and I'm so proud of Monica for getting out. She looks great. When she was here taping that we were all so excited and she's so personable and just it's great to see -- In a very, very good place. Uh-huh. You guys are going out on the court. I'm always trying.

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