Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jackie Goldschneider revealed a flashback photo of the peak of her eating disorder.
A major storyline for Goldschneider this season was her struggles with an eating disorder. Viewers have seen Goldschneider cry as she reflects on how far she’s come and how much she still struggles with full-blown anorexia.
Here’s what you need to know:
Jackie Goldschneider reveals flashback photo during her 18-year struggle with ‘dangerous habits, mysterious behaviors and obsessive eating and exercise patterns’
On March 29, 2022, Goldschneider shared an Instagram flashback photo to show others just how deep the illness was in her.
The post was made on the same day that RHONJ was scheduled to air an episode highlighting their struggles.
“Today’s episode marked the beginning of my recovery from an 18-year eating disorder that took over my mind, body and life. 18 years of dangerous habits, mysterious behaviors, and obsessive eating and exercise patterns that I was afraid to let go of because I had tied so much of my identity to being skinny,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “I was ashamed of my behavior when it came to food and afraid that people wouldn’t understand why or how I was doing this to myself. I also didn’t know how to get help as a middle aged woman with 4 small children.”
She also explained why she felt the need to share her story and photo with the public.
“During my darkest days, I was dying to see someone who suffered like I did and successfully recovered and lived a happy life,” she wrote on Instagram. “When I finally decided to acknowledge and recover from this, I wanted to be that person to as many other people as possible. Having these conversations on camera has been terrifying at times and heartbreaking to look back at, but I’m so grateful I’m finally on this journey and I’m grateful to Bravo for allowing me to break my silence so publicly, so people know there is no shame in having an eating disorder or in asking for help and that help is available to everyone at every stage of life.”
Fellow housewives Margaret Josephs and Melissa Gorga showed support for Jackie Goldschneider in the comments, “You are so strong and inspiring I love you so much”
Several housewives and other bravolebrities spoke out in support of Goldschneider.
“You are so strong and inspirational, I love you so much,” wrote her RHONJ co-star Margaret Josephs.
“I love you,” Melissa Gorga commented.
Her husband, Eva Goldschneider commented with a blue heart.
Some fans also shared their thoughts.
“Brave of you to open up and I’m sure you will help so many people! More than you will ever know. Sending you lots of love,” one wrote.
“Jackie, you’ve become such an icon and inspiration! So proud of you,” wrote another fan.
“Thank you for sharing your journey. You’re so beautiful inside and out, thank you,” said another.
“So nice to see REAL issues being addressed, debated, and managed properly!” wrote one fan. “Roots your road to recovery Keep making your kids proud!”
“Your story is such an inspiration to so many people who are struggling privately,” said another fan. “We love that you are using your platform to educate and help people who are suffering from eating disorders.”
Goldschneider also provided information for others who may be struggling with eating disorders.
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