Following his battle with opiate addiction in 1997, Matthew Perry suffered from an eating disorder after which he lost significant weight. However, pancreatitis was attributed as the primary reason behind his weight loss.
Matthew Perry was announced dead this Saturday and the world is mourning over his death at the moment. However, it's certain that his legacy will remain with us forever. Chandler Bing is among the characters that will be remembered for centuries. Arguably one of the funniest characters in the history of TV series, Matthew gave us pure joy and laughter through his character in F.RI.E.N.D.S.
On the other hand, many people have been seeking more information about him following his death. Throughout his time in the popular NBC sitcom, Matthew Perry gained and lost weight significantly. His weight fluctuated time and again. As a result, people have always been curious to know if he had an eating disorder. Well, let's find it out.
Yes, Matthew Perry Had an Eating Disorder!
Matthew Perry dealt with significant darkness during the filming of FRIENDS and he was pretty much open to discussing it. At the height of the popularity of his TV sitcom in 1997, Matthew Perry checked himself into a residential addiction treatment facility as he was dealing with an opiate addiction at the time. And yes, he did develop an eating disorder while he was fighting to overcome his addiction.
Matthew Perry suffered from an eating disorder after his battle with opiate addiction.
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Perry was dealing with an opiate addiction in 1997. Perry wasn't content despite his accomplishments. Following the removal of a wisdom tooth, Perry was prescribed the painkiller Vicodin and found that taking medication helped to temporarily ease his mental suffering.
Following his injuries in a skiing accident, Perry was prescribed the medication once more, which led to his physical and psychological dependence on it. Perry had to spend 28 days in an addiction treatment facility before he was able to give up the drug.
Although most people are aware of Perry's therapy for his Vicodin addiction, fewer are aware of his other mental health conditions, which are frequently linked to addictive personality features. Following his efforts to get rid of his Vicodin habit, Perry began to exhibit overt signs of an eating disorder.
His significant weight loss (more than 20 pounds) was first thought to be caused by pancreatitis, but it soon became clear that he was experiencing disordered eating as a result of his addiction.
Following his addiction, Matthew Perry lost significant weight.
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People who take opioids frequently lose a significant amount of weight. In Perry's case, stress and possibly anorexia contributed to his weight loss. Anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health illnesses are often linked to a higher prevalence of addictive traits.
Matthew Perry’s Life Before He Was Cast in Friends!
Matthew Perry was born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, to his parents Suzanne Marie Morrison and John Bennett Perry. While his mother was a press secretary and a Canadian journalist, his father is also an actor. They're both alive to this date.
Prior to gaining widespread recognition for his role as Chandler Bing in the popular television series, Friends, Matthew Perry had a successful playing career that included roles in a number of movies and television series.
His memorable roles before Friends include guest appearances in television series such as Charles in Charge (1987) and Growing Pains (1989). Additionally, he played Billy Kells in the short-lived sitcom Sydney (1990–1991), which had a bigger part.
Perry also starred in television movies Dance 'til Dawn (1988) and She's Out of Control (1989) among her early movie credits. Although these early parts demonstrated his brilliance, Matthew Perry's most well-known role in Friends is the one that launched him to global prominence.