John Lennon may have struggled with an undiagnosed eating disorder, according to a new book about the secret lives of rock legends.
Author Debra Sharon Davis claims in Backstage Pass VIP that the Beatle struggled with bulimia and food fetishes, and kept snacks hidden around his homes. According to the author, Lennon liked to top off his bowls of Rice Krispies with ice cream.
Although he loved food, Lennon allegedly said that he hated the feeling of being full, so he would often force himself to throw up meals after he ate.
As for why Lennon's problems with food have never been reported, Davis says bulimia hadn't yet become an official diagnosis, and those around Lennon at the time didn't see the signs.
"Lennon was surrounded by talented musicians, but many had drinking and drug problems – so it was hard for them to see Lennon's purging behaviour as extraordinary," she said.
One of Davis's sources is the late singer Harry Nilsson, a close friend of Lennon's.
"John and I were having a heart-to-heart," Davis says Nilsson told her.
"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."