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Did John Lennon Have an Eating Disorder?

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Why is it that we can never seem to let musical icons who’ve been dead for three decades or more rest? I don’t know. Because it’s something to talk about, I guess. There’s apparently a new book out there, detailing the more personal aspects of John Lennon‘s life, and before you ask, no – Yoko Ono did not write this (or maybe she did, under a pen name). According to Radar Online:

A blockbuster new book has lifted the lid on the life of the late John Lennon, alleging the rock icon was bulimic, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

BackStage Pass VIP, reveals the human side of rock music legends, including Lennon, who died in December 1980, and describes the poignant struggles the musician had with eating disorders.

The book says Lennon was always hungry, loved to eat but “hated the feeling of being full” so he would often force himself to vomit after eating.

“Lennon was confused about his obsession with food,” said the book’s author, journalist, and pop culture historian, Debra Sharon Davis. “Lennon was surrounded by talented musicians, but many had drinking and drug problems – so it was hard for them to see Lennon’s purging behavior as extraordinary. One must also realize that at that time the public and the media were unaware of bulimia as an addiction and health risk – which made it all the more frightening for John Lennon. He literally had no point-of-reference on what he was experiencing.”

BackStage Pass VIP offers fascinating never-before-released interviews with Lennon’s close friend, the late singer/songwriter, Harry Nilsson, who shared his insights with the author in the 1980s.

“John and I were having a heart-to-heart. Then all of a sudden John went off about how powerful men had ravenous appetites and wanted to swallow the world whole,” recalled Nilsson. “And he thought that was why he had this horrible problem – being hungry all the time and overeating. He said he often fantasized about large quantities of ‘forbidden’ foods.’ He said food was ‘sacred’ to him and it frightened him. He saw it as ‘a great weakness’ and he referred to it as ‘a lack of discipline.’”

Davis goes on to explain Lennon’s eating disorder in greater detail. “Privately, John Lennon harbored food fetishes,” she explains. “For instance Lennon loved eating huge bowls of Rice Krispies with large scoops of ice cream on top. He enjoyed putting ice cream on everything when he could. There were also numerous bowls of snacks throughout his grand estate, Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot when he lived in England in the late 1960s and early 1970s.”

So, I don’t know. Does this really mean anything? To me, no. John Lennon was a cool dude and all, and he did some awesome things with his band, and he was artistic and the way he was taken from his fans sucked and stuff, but it’s like … come on. Get past it. John Lennon’s been dead for longer than a lot of his fans have been alive, and no amount of tell-all books is going to change that fact. So maybe the man actually had some issues. Is that so hard to believe? Is it really that unfathomable that bulimia has been around for this long? Or is it just because it’s all about John Lennon that people are wigging the f-ck out? I’m just not getting this. Where’s the novelty?

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  • Well, if this particular “outing” can help some other people, then it’s worthwhile to take note of. But, it’s kind of like historical trivia like the reason George Washington didn’t smile was because he was embarrassed of having false teeth.

  • “awesome things with his band”

    Wow! What an idiotic comment. And well beneath you Sarah. If you had said “awesome things with the Beatles”, that would have been okay, but to label the Beatles as a generic band, (as if they were some Disney “Camp Rock” creation), when in reality they still set the bar against which other musical groups are judged, is sophomoric.

    • I’m just not all that keen on the Beatles. Surprising, right? I know that’s a rarity for the anyone from the last three or so generations to say something like that, but it’s true. I didn’t love their music. I still don’t. They “reinvented” music, as a lot of people say, then again, I wasn’t stuck and sold on the Model T when it was first invented, either.

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