A new book alleges that he was.
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“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.”
The book contains interviews with Lennon’s close friend, the late Harry Nilsson. Nilsson recalled how John 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.’
The author also talks about Lennon’s fetish of eating large bowls of Rice Krispies with large scoops of ice cream on top. And the he enjoyed putting ice cream on everything.
She explains that the book aims to present the human side of celebrities to the general public.