Monica Seles gives details about binge-eating disorder
Tennis star Monica Seles goes into more detail about her binge eating disorder in an exclusive interview with ABC.
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CANADA - AUGUST 20: Monica Seles (Photo by John Mahler/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MAY 1989: MONICA SELES OF YUGOSLAVIA SERVES DURING PLAY AT THE 1989 FRENCH OPEN GRAND SLAM.
Monica Seles of Yugoslavia (center) stands with her mother Esther and father Karolj Seles at the Lipton Championships.
Monica Seles with the trophy, winner of the women final at the Roland Garros Open - 1990. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles (left to right) - 1990 Wimbledon, Australian and French Open Tennis Championship winners - at the US Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA during September 1990. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images).
Monica Seles at The Plaza Hotel for Womens Tennis Dinner (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Monica Seles of Yugoslavia during the Ladies Singles Final of the Australian Open Tennis Championships held in Melbourne, Australia in January 1991. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images).
LOS ANGELES- AUGUST 10: Actor Christian Slater and tennis player Monica Seles attend the Seventh Annual Celebrity Tennis Classic to Benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on August 10, 1991 at Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marla Maples and Monica Seles during 'No Excuses Jeans Company' Press Conference - August 26, 1991 at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - AUGUST 30: Tennis star Monica Seles listens to a reporter's question during a news conference 30 August 1993 held at the U.S. Open. Seles has been sidelined from playing since being attacked by a spectator during a tournament in April 1993. (Photo credit should read HAI DO/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 30: Tennis player Monica Seles at a U.S. Open news conference. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
1995: Monica Seles reaches for the ball during the 1995 U.S. Open. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Professional tennis player Monica Seles enters the 'Good Day New York' taping at the Fox 5 Studios on June 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
US former tennis player Monica Seles (L) interviews Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki (R) after she won the WTA Istanbul Cup final tennis match on July 20, 2014 in Istanbul. Wozniacki defeated Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Monica Seles arrives at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on February 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Monica Seles attends the Wimbledon 2011 event at Rockefeller Center on June 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18: Monica Seles attends the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Banquet held at Pinacoteca di Brera on November 18, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Laureus)
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Tennis champion Monica Seles is opening up about her battle with a binge-eating disorder -- something she's dealt with for the past 10 years.
"When I was in stressful situations on the tennis court or in my personal life, I would start my binge eating. ... I would do it alone because I was so ashamed," Seles told ABC.
Those emotions are typical for people with the disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The organization says people often feel out of control or guilty when binge eating.
The difference between a binge-eating disorder and bulimia is that those with the latter purge food after eating. People with a binge-eating disorder don't exercise or throw up after binging.
People reports Seles also binged to cope with her father's prostate cancer and after she was stabbed on the tennis court by an opponent's fan back in 1993.
Seles told ABC it wasn't until she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding that she considered talking to a doctor about what she was going through.
"I had to go in for countless different fittings because my weight would be fluctuating because of the binge eating," Seles said.
The ABC interview comes at the same time BingeEatingDisorder.com released a PSA featuring the 41-year-old former pro.
"My eating was just uncontrollable. Once the binge was over, I felt so upset with myself," Seles said in the PSA.
Now retired, Seles had a long, decorated career. At just 13 years old, she was ranked as the No. 1 junior tennis player in the world. She became the youngest female winner of the French Open when she was 16. Seles officially retired in 2008.