John Lennon Suffered From An Eating Disorder?

[pullquote quote=”John went off about how powerful men had ravenous appetites and wanted to swallow the world whole ” credit=”Harry Nilsson”] A new ebook implies that John Lennon was a bulimic.

I personally believe that 30 years after someone’s death is too late to start speculating about any mental illness they may or may not have suffered from, but apparently some people will go there.

[photogallerylink id=83058 align=right] Debra Sharon Davis, has written an ebook titled Backstage Pass VIP, in which she strives to “provoke dialogue and debate because it pulls back the often Oz-like theatrics of the entertainment industry to uncover the reality of celebrity lives within.”

Davis provides an argument that Lennon had an unhealthy obsession with food. The book reveals interviews with Harry Nilsson who is reported to have said; “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… 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 further elaborates “Privately, John Lennon harbored food fetishes. 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.

Davis also explains how Lennon’s alleged bulimia went noticed; “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.”

In addition to Lennon’s food issues, Davis writes about a dozen famous musicians of the era including making claims that Mick Jagger was conservative, obsessed with money and that he once begged his wife to put on a bra before his mother came over (Okay, somehow that last one sounds 100% hands down accurate.)

Mick Jagger and wife Bianca Perez Morera de Macias circa May 1971 Photo by AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Backstage Pass VIP is just $9.99!  That’s right for the price of a few tabloids you could have a new bathroom browser.  Will you be buying it?

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