Bulimia is an eating disorder – World No. 4 Caroline Garcia said she had her share of struggles with overeating but now she has learned not to be too hard on herself.
The French star had a smashing time in 2022. She won four titles and brought her career back on the right track after a few years of being under the radar.
Caroline Garcia also won her second Grand Slam title in the doubles event of the French Open in 2022. She also climbed back to her career-high ranking of world No. 4 in singles. It was quite surprising to see a player of her caliber struggling with form and consistency for a lengthy period of time.’Garcia also won her second Grand Slam title in the doubles event of the French Open in 2022. She also climbed back to her career-high ranking of world No. 4 in singles. It was quite surprising to see a player of her caliber struggling with form and consistency for a lengthy period of time.
The 29-year-old revealed in an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe on Thursday what she had been going through over the last couple of years. Garcia revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder where she would “take refuge in food”.
“Everyone is different. Some will stop eating and for me, it was the opposite: I used to take refuge in food.
“You feel so empty, so sad, that you need to fill yourself. It came from the distress of not managing to do what I wanted to do on court, of not winning anymore, of suffering physically.
“Eating would appease me for a few minutes. We all know it does not last but it was an escape route. When you’re alone, it’s harder to control. In tennis, you spend a lot of time alone in your room. It’s how it often happened.”
“Since I’ve been taking time for myself, it happens less” – Caroline Garcia reveals what helped her deal with her eating disorder
Caroline Garcia will be seen in action at the 2023 Australian Open. She was ousted in the first round at last year’s event but she will be one of the favorites this year.
Garcia said that she has now learned how to handle her disorder better. She is not as hard on herself now as she was before. Garcia also doesn’t mind indulging in a pizza if there’s an urge.
“You start understanding and realizing that if it happens, it’s not the end of the world,” the world No. 4 said, adding she was now managing her disorder.
“Since I’ve been taking time for myself, it happens less.
“And when it happens, I accept it better and feel less guilty. Allowing myself some regular indulgences helps me avoid having too many of these cravings.
“I was too tough on myself at some point. I’m the type of person who weigh themselves to the gram.
“Now, if I’ve been wanting pizza for two days, I’m going to have the pizza.”
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