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Jackie Goldschneider Reveals Big News About Her Writing Career
The RHONJ writer has achieved “the greatest professional accomplishment of [her] life.”
On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jackie Goldschneider has bravely opened up about her struggles with anorexia. (See the clip above.) Now, the mother of four is diving even deeper into her journey in a forthcoming book. The Weight of Beautiful, Jackie’s memoir, is slated to hit shelves on September 26.
In a February 15 Instagram post, the New Jersey native opened up about her decision to share her story. “I’ve dreamed of writing a book since I’ve been a kid, but I never thought it would be this one,” she wrote. “This is a story I’ve spent my whole life hiding, the story of how diet culture took over my life, plunging me into a world of starvation, filled with shame and secrets, that lasted almost [two] decades long. This is also a story of recovery. It’s a story that will blow you away.”
The caption continued: “I wrote every word of this book myself, without co-writers or ghostwriters, and it’s the greatest professional accomplishment of my life. I can’t wait to share it with the world. I wrote this book so people can truly understand how terrifying and insidious an eating disorder can be, how quickly you can spiral into diet culture and how shameful it can feel to live with so many secrets. This book is for anyone who has ever known or loved someone with an eating disorder and for the millions of people who struggle themselves.”
Jackie’s touching post was accompanied by two photos. One showed the cover of her forthcoming book: a photo of Jackie, dressed all in white, looking directly into the camera. The second photo shows Jackie on her wedding day, when she was struggling mightily with the disease. Jackie has opened up about this day before.
In 2018, she shared striking photos of herself at her reception. “I’d lose [six] more pounds from my wedding day before I stood on a scale and told myself I’d die if I didn’t stop,” she wrote.
Some four years later, Jackie shared an update on her recovery. “I’m about six or seven months really in [recovery] now,” she told Page Six in April 2022. “I have expanded to a team, instead of just the one therapist. So I speak to my therapist twice a week, I speak to a medical nutritionist once a week, and I have a women’s wellness physician.”
In a December 2022 interview with People, Jackie shared another hopeful update: “I’d say I turned a corner in my recovery early on in the summer. And I now am really, really healthy,” she said. “I mean, I still have room to grow; I am still in a lot of therapy just to make sure I keep moving forward. But I have a really good relationship with food. Stress just has no effect on my eating. And I don’t allow my emotions and food to interact with each other at all. I feel great.”
She continued: “Before, it was hard for me to really let go. I would do everything I could to convince everyone I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t just about getting heavy or getting skinny, I wasn’t ready to let go of all the mental issues that went along with gaining weight for me. And now, I’ve gotten there.”
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If you are struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support, please call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. For a 24-hour crisis line, text “NEDA” to 741741.