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Karla Alvarez: Karla Alvarez' death has been confirmed as resulting
from a cardiopulmonary arrest because of the 41-year-old actress' struggles with
bulimia and anorexia. The tragic, untimely death of the soap star is a reminder
of the prevalence of eating disorders among celebrities who are constantly under
public scrutiny and forced to keep up a public image that often conforms to a
non-realistic body image.
Karen Carpenter (musician): Went on a water diet to
lose weight and, as she put it, to appear more
attractive. Continued to diet even after losing 20 lbs,
until her death at the age of 32. She died of cardiac
arrest due to anorexia.
Isabella Caro: French Model who did
shocking anti-anorexia billboards in Italy.
Ana Carolina Reston: Brazilian model, starved
herself to death in 2006.
Theresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo (December 3, 1963 –
March 31, 2005): Her physician failed to recognize and
Margaux Hemmingway: actress, model, suffered with
Christy Henrich (gymnast): In 1988, Christy was told
by a U.S. judge that she had to lose weight in order to
make the Olympic team. She died of multiple organ
failure, as a result of anorexia, at the age of 22.
Heidi Guenther (ballet dancer):
After being told by a theatre company that at 5'5" in
height and 96 lbs in weight she was too chunky, she
developed an eating disorder. She collapsed and died at
the age of 22 due to complications from her eating
Leila Pahlavi: The youngest
daughter of the late Shah of Iran stole prescriptions
from the desk of her doctor in order to feed her fatal
addiction to barbiturates, an inquest heard yesterday.
Princess Leila Pahlavi, 31, died alone in her suite at a
London hotel after taking prescription drugs and
cocaine. She was found in bed, her body emaciated by
years of anorexia and bulimia.
Luisel Ramos: (born 12 April 1984
– August 2, 2006) was an Uruguayan model. On August 2, 2006, at 9:15
p.m., Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa while
participating in a fashion show during Fashion Week in Montevideo,
Uruguay. Ramos had felt ill after walking the runway and subsequently
fainted on her way back to the dressing room. She died at the age of 22.
Ramos' father told police that she had gone "several days" without
eating. She was reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce and Diet Coke
for the three months before her death. In the wake of Ramos' death,
Madrid Fashion Week (held in September 2006) set a minimum BMI of 18 for
all models. In December that year, Italian fashion designers banned size
zero models from walking down their catwalks. On February 13, 2007,
Luisel's 18-year-old sister Eliana Ramos, also a model, died at her
grandparents' home in Montevideo of an apparent heart attack, believed
to be related to malnutrition.
Anne Sexton: American poet Anne Sexton (1928-1974),
who was sexually abused in childhood and committed
suicide at the age of 46, suffered from anorexia and
Famous celebrities who have spoken publicly about their suffering with
Eating Disorders: (this list is constantly being
Paula Abdul: Dancer, choreograph
and singer Paula Abdul (American Idol Judge) battled bulimia and decided
to check herself in a clinic, back in 1994. Her negative feelings about
her own body image came as early as seven years old when she began
dancing, but "it didn't manifest into a full-blown eating disorder until
I was in high school." Today Paula Abdul is a spokesperson for the
National Eating Disorders Association. Paula courageously speaks out
about her own past battles, in hopes of encouraging young women to take
the scary, but necessary, steps to seek help. "It is one of the toughest
things to talk about, bar none, and it is one of the hardest disorders
to deal with because it's not black or white. Eating disorders really
have nothing to do with food, it's about feelings."
Lily Allen: Singer, Model has talked
openly about her bulimia.
Maria Conchita Alonso: Beauty
pageant winner and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, the first contemporary
international Latina superstar, recently began speaking out about her
struggle with bulimia. Struggling with the condition for nearly a
decade, resulting in damage to her esophagus and her teeth, she
eventually sought help for the self-destructive syndrome. With the help
of a balanced diet, exercise, and a physician specializing in eating
disorders, Maria has learned to control her condition. She also shares
her story with audiences across the country in hopes of helping the
millions of people afflicted with eating disorders.
Christine Alt: Model Christine Alt (Carol Alt's
sister) developed an eating disorder under the pressure
to slim down from modeling agencies and clients. "I
think that half the women in this world who are
plus-size would not be if they never went on a diet."
Magali Amadei: Magali Amadei has appeared on the
covers of fashion magazines. She's been on TV
commercials, billboards and even in movies! With all
that success, you'd think that she would have tons of
confidence. But for many years, Magali suffered from
Fiona Apple: Singer and songwriter Fiona Apple
became anorexic after being raped outside of her
mother's home at the age of twelve. She says she was not
anorexic out of a desire to be thin, but as a reaction
to being raped. She also admitted to having
self-injurious behaviors in the past.
Imogen Bailey: She's been called
one of Australia's sexiest models, but the actress recently revealed her
battle with anorexia and how she is now healthy.
The Barbie Twins:
Pinup and model sisters Sia and Shane Barbi - known as the Barbi Twins - battled
anorexia and bulimia. The sisters have written a book about their struggles with
an eating disorder (Barbie Twins - Dying To Be Healthy: Millennium Dieting and
Nutrition) and are touring through schools and colleges, raising eating disorder
Justine Bateman: Former 'Family Ties' actress
Justine Bateman struggled with bulimia. Justine is now
an activist for recovery and speaks from time to time at
eating disorder support groups about her experiences
with an eating disorder.
Amanda Beard: US Olympic gold-medal
swimmer and winner of 7 medals openly discussed her battle with eating
disorders. She revealed she had Bulimia. It all started after Beard won her
first gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics when she was only 14 years old.
Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice from
the Spice Girls) publicly admitted struggling with an
eating disorder in the early days of the Spice Girls,
after years "in denial". "I was very obsessed. I mean, I
could tell you the fat content and the calorie content
in absolutely anything," she told ABC's 20/20 in 2003.
While being a Spice Girl, Victoria was under a lot of
pressure from the management to lose weight and
stay slim. Beckham also said that bandmate Geri
Halliwell (Ginger Spice) encouraged her and Melanie C
(Sporty Spice) to do sports and take liquid meal
substitutes. Victoria eventually started to binge eat
and in one passage from her autobiography she describes
eating 10 bowls of cereals at once. In her book
"Learning To Fly", which also contains a lot of pictures
of the star, Victoria talks about her obsession with her
appearance and describes her illness.
Kate Beckinsale: Actress Kate Beckinsale struggled
with an eating disorder during her teen years, before
she decided to start acting. She has frankly spoken in
interviews about her eating problem. Thanks to the
support of her family and therapy Kate was able to
recover from anorexia. "People keep asking me about it
but I don't want to be famous for being a former
Catherine Bell: 'JAG' actress Catherine Bell
struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Alexis Bellino: Reality TV Star of The Real Housewives of Orange County. "I suffered from both
anorexia and bulimia.
Bellisario struggled with eating disorder and self harming as a teen.
Actress Troian Bellisario has revealed she struggled with an eating
disorder and self-harming issues as a teenager. The Pretty Little Liars
star explains the pressure she felt to be perfect led to the destructive
behaviour. She tells Seventeen magazine, "I was the youngest daughter,
the perfect little girl. My school was a very intense college prep
school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and
wanting to be perfect to everybody. "I just thought if I ever expressed
to (my parents) any sadness or anger or anything that's going on with
me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it
turned into self-destructive behaviour. "I would withhold food or
withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in
school. Being a teenager is chaotic because you're kind of coming into
your own, but you're not an adult; you're fighting with your parents
over responsibilities and freedom. "I didn't know what was right and
what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and
balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired."
Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J.
Tanner on "Full House," says she became bulimic when she moved to
Montreal with her hockey player husband. Bure talked about her eating
disorder in an interview with "Omg! Insider." In the interview, she said
she grew up as a child actress without eating disorders, thanks to her
parents and the "Full House" producers. But she said she started using
food as a comforter after she married Valeri Bure in 1996 and moved to
Montreal, where he was then playing with the Canadians. "Clearly it
wasn't a healthy way to deal with things," she said. "That's really when
my faith was kicked up a notch, and I sought comfort in my relationship
with God and not with food."
Amanda Bynes: An American actress, singer
and fashion designer who says she has an eating disorder.
Kasey Chambers: Australian country
singer revealed she had an eating disorder triggered by the stresses of
living up to her music career success.
Melanie Chisholm: Singer Melanie Chisholm (Melanie C
- former Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly
admitted suffering from an eating disorder and
depression. Throughout the time she was in the "Spice
Girls", Melanie alternated between starving herself and
excessive exercise. "My mum assumed my tiny body was a
result of being busy with the band and working out
Kelly Clarkson: The 'American Idol' winner struggled
with bulimia for six months until friends discovered her
secret and begged her to get help.
Nadia Comaneci: gymnast
Katie Couric: Couric, famous talk show host,
disclosed that she had had her own struggles with bulimia. "I wrestled with
bulimia all through college and for two years after that," she said, describing
the guilt she felt at eating a single cookie or chewing a stick of gum that
wasn't sugar-free. It began, she said, when she learned she had been turned down
by the college she most wanted to attend.
Couric was a likely candidate for an eating disorder. "Like a lot of young
women, I was struggling with my body image," she said, "and feeling like I
wasn't good enough or attractive enough or thin enough." She termed her figure
at the time as "curvy," and not the cultural ideal, which she identified as
"five-foot-eight and weighing 115 pounds. It can be so difficult to embrace the
body that you have if it doesn't fit with the ideal. Women get praised for being
super-thin, so you keep striving to be that way." She said her disorder "ebbed
and flowed" through the years. "Some periods were worse than others, when I was
binging and purging a lot," she said. "I'd have a piece of gum that wasn't
sugarless and then say, 'Oh! I've been bad,' and then feel so terrible that I
would eat and throw up. It was awful.
"But what I'm describing is something so many people have gone through or are
going through," she noted, "and it's so damaging, both psychically and
Nina Davuluri: the 2013 Miss New York and then Miss America 2013 --
Davuluri herself has spoken openly about her struggle with bulimia in college,
telling TODAY.com that while winning the Miss America crown on would be nice,
her real goal is to use her public platform to promote healthy eating and
realistic beauty standards. She said that even her family had difficulty
comprehending her disease.
Model and actress Sandra Dee struggled with an eating
disorder and a drinking problem for decades. "I was
anorexic for many years - even before people knew what
it was - they didn't even have a name for it back
Actress Susan Dey battled anorexia and bulimia. Susan
was so underweight and malnourished she stopped having
menstrual periods and her fingers turned orange from
eating almost nothing but carrots.
Diana, Princess of Wales: Princess Diana struggled
with an eating disorder and also admitted that she used
to self-harm herself. The following is an extract of an
interview of Princess Diana about her battle with
bulimia - "I had bulimia for a number of years. And
that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon
yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and
you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your
stomach up four or five times a day - some do it more -
and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It's like having
a pair of arms around you, but it's temporarily,
temporary. Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of
your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And
it's a repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to
yourself." Diana also admitted in a television interview
that she intentionally cut her arms and legs and had
thrown herself down a flight of stairs on more than one
Dillon: Model Kate Dillon struggled with anorexia
for seven years while working as a top print and runway
model. Even though she was underweight, she was told by
photographers to lose some more weight. She quit
modeling for a while and worked on her body image and
recovery. Kate now works as "plus-size" model and is a
spokesperson for an eating disorder organization. I love
my body." ... "I've done better as a 'big' girl than
most 'skinny' girls do as skinny models, so it's been
amazing. But what’s more amazing is that I did it on my
Elisa Donovan: Actress Elisa Donovan (Sabrina - The
Teenage Witch, Clueless) suffered from an eating
disorder in the past.
Michelle Duggar, from TLC's 19
Kids and Counting--mother to all 19 of the Duggar clan, battled an
eating disorder during her teenage years.
Sally Field: Actress Sally Field struggled with an eating disorder
in the past. Sally began her three-year battle with anorexia and bulimia
at the age of 20. "Everybody then was Twiggy, except me."
Calista Flockhart: Actress Calista Flockhart
admitted after years of being in denial that she
struggled with anorexia while filming the TV show 'Ally
Mc Beal'. "I started under-eating, over-exercising,
pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune
Jane Fonda: Award-winning actress Jane Fonda
revealed several years ago that she had been a secret
bulimic from age 12, and struggled with anorexia and
bulimia for 30 years. Jane became one of the first
Hollywood actresses to break the silence and talk openly
about eating disorders and campaigned to raise awareness
about anorexia and bulimia. In her autobiography "My
Life So Far", Jane honestly talks about her 30 year
battle with eating disorders.
Bethenny Frankel: Reality TV star Bethenny
Frankel overcame a painful and destructive childhood to have a successful career
and a happy home life. She is the author of the book Naturally Thin. She
suffered from anorexia and bulimia starting from adolescence.
Cynthia French: Singer, songwriter and publisher
Cynthia French struggled with eating disorders in the
past and has begun touring the country speaking publicly
about her experiences with eating disorders and how she
overcame them. Cynthia wrote a book called "Humanville"
which is spiritually based novel about a young women who
tries to become a famous singer and also struggles with
both, bulimia and anorexia.
Anna Freud: Sigmund Freud's daughter, who was also a
psychotherapist, documented that she struggled with
anorexia when she was younger.
Lady Gaga: born Stefani Joanne
Angelina Germanotta, has talked about her struggles with anorexia and
bulimia at the beginning of her career -- starting when she was only 15.
once attracted admiration on the tennis courts. Although
she was ranked in the top five and even won an Olympic
gold medal, Zina struggled to conquer bulimia for years.
After a divorce, she returned to the binge-and-purge
problems that had plagued her for so long. Now she is
eager to achieve her weight loss goals and learn about
what really constitutes healthy diets. "Everybody has
something that they are dealing with," pointed out Zina.
"The difference is that people choose not to deal with
it, or they can be very skinny and still have problems.
A lot of times society makes it seem like you're healthy
because you're small, and that's not true."
Greta Gleissner: Ms. Gleissner thought
achieving her dream of becoming a Rockette in New York City would help her
overcome her eating disorder. In her book, "Something Spectacular," she recounts
how it only sent her bulimia into a downward spiral.
Actress Tracey Gold suffered from an eating disorder and
was first diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 12. She
went into treatment and recovered after only a couple of
months. But at the age of 19, in 1988, she relapsed and
fell back into the vicious cycle of anorexia. Tracey
eventually recovered and resumed her acting career which
was effected negatively by her eating disorder. In 1994
Tracey played a young woman suffering from anorexia in
the TV movie "For the Love of Nancy" which based on the
true story of anorexia victim Nancy Walsh. She
also played Carol Seaver on "Growing Pains."
Kathy Griffin: Comedian and Actress has
talked openly about her battles with Bulimia.
MasterChef Australia's Fiona Grindlay reveals she
battled bulimia as a youngster and how cooking
potentially saved her life. Scottish native Fiona
Grindlay has revealed she hasn't always had a good
relationship with food and used to battle with bulimia
in her late teens to early twenties. Not only does Fiona
want to keep building her relationship with food after
her heartbreaking past but she also wants to help other
people with bulimia to overcome their mental health
Kristen Haglund: Miss America. She said she battled anorexia at the
age of 16. Thanks to her family's intervention, Kristen got the help she
needed and went on to win the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
Geri Halliwell: Singer Geri Halliwell (former Ginger
Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering
from bulimia and binge eating for several years. "I
realized I couldn't control this monster anymore. I
needed to find help." Her piece of advice for those who
are struggling - "I can honestly tell you from personal
experience, that worrying about an eating disorder
really can get you down. There's nothing to be ashamed
about. You'll be amazed at the difference it'll make to
your whole life if you tell someone you trust. There are
lots of people who want to help and you really CAN'T
fight this one on your own. It might be a hard decision
to make, to tell people and to seek help but, trust me
it's nowhere as hard as trying to deal with it on your
own." Geri has written a book called "Just For The
Record" in which she talks with brutal honesty about her
life, including battling and overcoming eating
disorders, which she has struggled with since childhood.
Ashley Hamilton: Hamilton, Star in Iron
Man 3, whose band The Wondergirls also performs the song "Let's Go All
the Way" on the soundtrack with Robbie Williams. The 38-year-old son of George
Hamilton has had more than his fair share of troubles when it came to drug and
alcohol abuse. After staying sober for more than six years and getting his
career back on track, Hamilton found that he still had one serious problem that
needed attention. "I suffered from bulimia and anorexia," he tells PEOPLE
MAGAZINE, speaking publicly for the first time about the eating disorder he's
had since he was a teenager. "I believe it was my problem before I got into
drugs and alcohol. I used the drugs and alcohol to control the food addiction."
Within the past year Hamilton sought treatment for his disorder, which he admits
he still struggles with. "I don't have it perfect now. I've been free from
bulimia for years but I still struggle with food, restricting or overeating.
That's been the hardest for me in sobriety," he admits, noting that during his
teen years his nickname was Fatley.
Amy Heckerling: Director/writer: In high school, she was anorexic.
And, more recently, she said, "I had an eating disorder because I was
going through something that was depressing me. And I didn't feel like
eating. It wasn't that I thought I'd look cuter and be more popular.
That certainly was long gone. I come from a family of heavy women, so
I've always been really scared."
Mariel Hemingway: Actress Mariel Hemingway
(granddaughter of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway) was
born into a troubled family. She was growing up under
the shadow of her grandfather's suicide, and years later
also Mariel's middle sister Margaux committed suicide.
Mariel Hemingway had a turbulent life and also struggled
with a severe eating disorder. In her book "Finding My
Balance: a Memoir with Yoga", Mariel talks about her
life, childhood and family relationships, early success
and fame, personal battles with her own inner demons,
and how yoga and motherhood helped her reconnect with
herself and become centered.
Audrey Hepburn: Actress Audrey Hepburn struggled
with anorexia and depression - which was unknown to the
public during her career. She was known to lose weight
under pressure and to be "strange" about food. Rumor has
it that current actresses are being "harassed" by the
media who points to Audrey as an example of a thin woman
without an eating disorder, but that was NOT the case!
Felicity Huffman: Actress Felicity Huffman
(Desperate Housewives) battled both bulimia and anorexia
from her teens into her 20s.
Janet Jackson: Singer Janet Jackson has been quoted in the media as
having an ongoing battle with an eating disorder.
Elton John: Elton John has gone public about his
struggles with bulimia, as well as a less common eating
disorder of chewing and spitting.
Sue Johnston: The UK Actress has spoken of
her struggle with depression and her secret “eating demon” – bulimia. The
much-loved star of TV’s The Royal Family and Waking the Dead claims that
feelings of self-loathing sparked a 10-year battle with the eating disorder that
reached crisis point when she became a household name. In her new autobiography,
Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror,
Sue reveals how she fell into “a disgusting, continuing cycle of gorging and
purging” as bulimia took over her life.
Leighton Jordan: Miss Georgia announced
that she's spent years battling eating disorders. She says she began
struggling with an eating disorder after starting ballet at the age of 12.
Within two years, Jordan says she developed anorexia and later struggled with
Country singer and songwriter Wynonna Judd (one half of the legendary
mother-daughter duo 'The Juddds', and sister of actress Ashley Judd who
does not struggle with an eating disorder but was in therapy because of
major depression), who also suffered sexual abuse as a child, struggles
with emotional eating and is on her journey towards healthy eating.
"It's not about size, I'll let that take care of itself. The work I'm
doing is inside. The physical will follow the mental and spiritual and
emotional." In her book "Coming Home To Myself", Wynonna tells her story
and gives readers an honest insight in her life and emotions.
Franz Kafka: Poet Franz Kafka, who wrote the short story "The Hunger
Artist", suffered from anorexia.
Diane Keaton: Struggled with Bulimia to
the point where it destroyed her teeth and she needed to have them recapped.
Gelsey Kirkland: ballet dancer
Dagny Knutson: World champion swimmer
Zoe Kravitz: The actress daughter of
Lenny Kravitz has revealed she was a victim to the crippling eating
disorders between the ages of 13 and 17 because she felt frustrated
about her looks. She admitted: "I was bulimic and anorexic in high
school. I felt as though food had this power over me. Instead of looking
at food the way you should, to be thankful that it nourishes your body,
it becomes an enemy in some strange way, which is a really sad thing,
and it's a lot about anger." The 26-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz
and Lisa Bonet explained the illnesses began when she started comparing
herself to models, which made her feel like "the odd one out". She said:
"I was mad that I didn't look like the girls in the magazines and I was
torturing myself. I didn't feel attractive." However, as she got older
she managed to overcome her issues with food and decided she wanted to
"respect" her body, which is why she now ensures she always eats well.
It got to the point where I had to make the decision for myself that I
would stop. You have to want to be done.
Joanna Krupa: Joanna Krupa hasn't
always been the strong self-confident model viewers have come to know on
The Real Housewives of Miami. The Poland native, 34, struggled with an
eating disorder when she was trying to make it as a model. "I gained
weight and struggled to lose it quickly in order to pursue my dreams of
being a model," she says. "Being 20 years old, I had no idea how to lose
weight fast and laxatives were an easy way out." While Krupa managed to
break her unhealthy habits before it was too late, the Bravo star is
grateful she's in a much better place. "Thank God I didn't hurt myself
and stopped," she says.
Marcus Lemonis: Marcus
Lemonis is a man of many talents. In addition to his
status as a self-made millionaire, the entrepreneur and
philanthropist has taken turns on multiple reality TV
shows, including Secret Millionaire, Celebrity
Apprentice and The Big Fix. Basically, he serves as a
business turnaround expert who can swoop in and help
save struggling companies. Due to a weight problem and
struggles with an eating disorder in his youth, Lemonis
is a die-hard healthy eating enthusiast, and a large
part of his investments are geared toward companies that
deal in fresh, natural foods. "When I was much younger I
was overweight; as a child, as a teen. I went through a
battle, sort of an eating disorder when I was in my
teens. As I got older I got very disciplined and very
knowledgeable about eating healthy foods" "I will tell
you when I was heavy and I went through the eating
disorder and became less heavy, I learned how to be
disciplined when I go to a restaurant. I try not to be
the odd guy out. I wouldn't be the guy that says, I
can't go there. You can always find something healthy to
Stacy London: “What
Not to Wear” star Stacy London, in her early 20s, battled anorexia and
compulsive overeating. With extreme dieting that led to anorexia, London
whittled her 5-foot-7 frame down to 90 pounds. “I felt like I’d never had a
serious boyfriend and I really wanted to be attractive,” she told People
magazine. London’s weight struggles shifted after a brief hospitalization. The
TLC star turned to binge eating, which brought her to 180 pounds a year later.
London chronicles her weight struggles in her new book, “The Truth About Style.”
She hopes her story will help others who battle eating disorders.
Ruth Lorenzo: Former UK X-Factor star Ruth Lorenzo
has revealed she has faced a lifelong battle against anorexia and bulimia. The
pretty Spaniard, fifth in the 2008 run of the ITV talent show, admitted she
first developed eating problems when she was nine but kept them hidden from her
family for years. She blamed her descent into hell on childhood traumas
including the separation of her parents and the discovery her father was not her
biological dad - and said she still suffered from anxiety which left her
helpless at times against her eating disorders. "To protect others and not show
the pain you're feeling, you shut up and torture yourself a little."
Demi Lovato: actress, singer, has
discussed her struggles with eating as a writer for Seventeen magazine.
Kim MacKenzie: Ms. Norway 2014 has
openly admitted to battling with bulimia.
Zosia Mamet: Columnist Zosia Mamet is
an actress on Girls. "I've struggled with an eating disorder since I was
a child. This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew
was raging inside me. I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I
Actress Kellie Martin developed anorexia when she was cast in "Life Goes
On". Actress Tracey Gold (who also struggled with an eating disorder in
the past) convinced her to seek help.
Maureen McCormick: Actress (The Brady Bunch) struggled with bulimia
as an adolescent.
McDonough: Actress (The Waltons) struggled with an
Nicola McLean: an English glamour model and media
personality has had a public battle with bulimia and anorexia leaving her at one
point weighing only 6 stone.
Katherine McPhee: Singer Katharine McPhee, American
Idol runner-up, struggled with bulimia while auditioning
for American Idol in San Francisco in August 2005. She
suffered from an eating disorder for 6 years, since she
was 17 years old. After her audition was successful,
Katharine decided to get help. "My bulimia was really
getting out of control." She enrolled at Los Angeles's
Eating Disorder Center of California, where she spent
three months undergoing group and individual therapy six
days a week. Katharine says today that American Idol has
saved her life. She believes that if she didn't audition
for the show, she would probably still struggle.
Katharine has learned that there is no "bad" food - you
can have everything as long as you watch how much you
Skyler Moon: WWE NXT talent Skyler Moon (the
former Buggy Nova) had been admitted into WWE sponsored rehab. She posted on her
Twitter account and revealed that she has an eating disorder.
Alanis Morissette: Canadian singer Alanis Morissette
has admitted that she has struggled with anorexia and
bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18 when she was
trying to break into the music business. She wrote the
song "Perfect" (from Jagged Little Pill album), inspired
by her eating disorder recovery.
Thandie Newton: Actress Thandie Newton says she used to suffer from
bulimia and still bears the scars. Newton, who won best supporting
actress at last year's BAFTA awards for her role in 'Crash.' Thandie
developed the eating disorder at the age of 14 while training at dance
school. She told about how she suffered from "horrible bulimia for about
a year", saying: "I've still got the scars on my knuckles from where I
put my fingers down my throat." The actress said a therapist in L.A.
helped her overcome her battle with food, in her mid-twenties.
Barbara Niven: actress
Mary-Kate Olsen: Actress Mary-Kate Olsen ('The Olsen Twins') checked
into an eating disorder treatment center and underwent treatment for
anorexia after months of speculation and rumors about her thin
appearance and denying of being anorexic. Mary-Kate celebrated beating
her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her. She
donated thousands of dollars worth of designer clothes to a thrift store
in Hollywood. Mary-Kate has gained a bit of weight again and is happy
with her new-found curves and also decided to keep the weight on and to
get rid of her skinny wardrobe.
Sharon Osbourne: (married to Ozzy Osbourne), who has
survived deadly colon cancer in the past, has confessed
she has been suffering from bulimia for 35 years and she
is still struggling. "I've been able to conquer just
about everything except bulimia." Sharon had gastric
bypass surgery but still battles with her eating
Carre Otis: Top fashion model and actress Carrie
Otis starved herself for about 17 years and nearly died
in her quest for thinness. Today, she is healthy and
trying to educate other women about the deadly dangers
of eating disorders. “I had been on this insane diet for
almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded
of me when I was modeling. My diet was really
starvation. I am not naturally that thin.”
Catherine Oxenberg: Actress Catherine Oxenberg
(daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a
distant relative of Britain's royal family; she played
Princess Di in 'The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana'
in 1982, and also 1992 in 'Charles and Diana: Unhappily
Ever After'), who was also sexually abused within the
family as a child, struggled with an eating disorder for
20 years and finally found the strength to beat bulimia
and successfully won this battle. "I really thought I
would never get through it. I'd put myself in rehab and
I would be fine for nine months and then I'd blow it
again." Catherine also said that her bulimia had massive
physical repercussions on her body. "I destroyed my
teeth because you're vomiting hydrochloric acid so that
acid eats away at the enamel in your teeth, so I've had
horrendous problems with my teeth."
Alexandra Paul: Actress Alexandra Paul (Baywatch) struggled with an
eating disorder in the past.
Syliva Plath: Poet and author Syliva Plath struggled
with an eating disorder and depression.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, star of Jersey Shore
admitted that she had an eating disorder (anorexia) in
high school. Snooki says her eating disorder stemmed out
of her fear of being replaced on the cheerleading squad
by thinner, younger freshmen.
Scarlett Pomers: 'Reba' actress Scarlett Pomers
spoke openly about her battle with anorexia and road to
recovery on the Tyra Banks Show in February 2006. She
didn't speak about her weight and didn't reveal any
methods of her weight loss because she doesn't want
other sufferers to use them as diet tips. Scarlet has
established her Arch-Angels Fund with NEDA to raise
awareness and funds for eating disorders advocacy,
education and treatment.
Stephanie Pratt : Reality TV star of "The Hills."
Pratt has discussed her struggles with bulimia and
self-esteem issues, as well as her battles with
Jaime Pressly: Actress from NBC's hit My Name Is
Dennis Quaid: The actor says he
battled anorexia in the mid-1990s, around the time he shed 40 lbs. for
the role of Doc Holliday in the film Wyatt Earp, the New York Post
reports. In the period the film portrays, Holliday was dying of
tuberculosis, and Quaid lost the weight to capture the gaunt look of a
man near death. "My arms were so skinny that I couldn't pull myself out
of a pool," Quaid admits, describing what he suffered from as
"manorexia." "I wasn't bulimic, but I could understand what people go
through with that." But, like other people who suffer from the disease,
he had an entirely different image of himself. "I'd look in the mirror
and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds," he says.
Tara Reid: American Pie actress Tara Reid struggled with anorexia
after the breakup with fiance MTV DJ Carson Daly.
LPGA star Beatriz Recari has become one of the leading celebrity
spokespeople for the treatment of eating disorders and Thursday she led
a huge field at the "Beatriz Recari and Friends Alliance Golf Classic"
at PGA National. All the proceeds went to benefit the Alliance for
Eating Disorders Awareness. The Spaniard struggled with an eating
disorder early in her career and now she goes around the world to help
people struggling with the disease.
Christina Ricci: Actress Christina Ricci (who also
admitted to cutting herself in the past) has commented
on her anorexia by saying, "I had a brief flirtation
with anorexia and when I was recovering from that, I put
on a lot of weight, which was very difficult for me. In
a way, I was trying to get rid of my breasts. Everyone
my age wanted them, so it was like, whoo-ooo. Then I
started hating them. And for all of my movies, I was
supposed to be younger, so I'd have to strap them down."
Cathy Rigby: gymnast
Joan Rivers: Comedian and author Joan Rivers battled
bulimia for years.
Gretchen Rossi: Real Housewives of Orange County
star says she suffered from bulimia since high school
but has recovered, thanks to therapy and
self-acceptance. "I got healthy," reveals Rossi.
Gretchen says recovering from an eating disorder wasn't
easy. "My best friend busted me in the bathroom, and
then my parents found out," Rossi says. "That’s when I
decided to seek therapy." She adds: "I decided that I
was going to make a difference, and I went and got my
personal training license and nutritional license. Then
I worked as a personal trainer, nutritionist and
aerobics instructor." "This is the best weight I’ve ever
been at, and this is the best I feel like I’ve ever
Portia de Rossi: Former 'Ally McBeal' actress Portia
de Rossi admitted to an eating disorder and blamed
Hollywood's pressure to stay skinny for developing an
Ronda Rousey: UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey
opened up about her struggle with Bulimia. " I struggled with bulimia
and all these things for years. I was unhappy. I had to attend to all of
the other things in my life, like my career and my training, to get to a
point where I trained just because I loved it. I didn’t even know that
was what I wanted, but I made myself happy first and then got the “oh
wow” body." Rousey says victory came when she decided she’d
had enough. “(An ex-boyfriend) convinced me that it is as easy as making
a decision. All I had to do to stop was decide to stop. It was just one
decision away. That made me realize that so many difficult things in my
life were just one decision away from changing.”
Nicole Scherzinger: During a
bombshell interview for VH1′s Behind the Music, singer and former X
Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger joined the recent weight and body image
conversation, revealing that she battled bulimia for years while she
performed with girl group the Pussycat Dolls.
Lacey Schwimmer: Lacey Schwimmer on “Dancing With
the Stars” as Lance Bass' partner in 2008. Lacey has
been on the show three seasons, but she has been hiding
a deep personal secret – her battle with anorexia. Now,
Lacey is coming forward in the hopes of helping others.
Lacey's eating disorder began at 13 while training for
10 hours a day as a dancer.
Monica Seles: Has talked about her
struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, "It took a while until I felt
comfortable talking about it." "That's one of the reasons I decided to
raise awareness that binge eating is a real medical condition." Seles,
says she developed the disorder as an adult while dealing with pressures
of being an athlete and her dad's battle with prostate cancer, as well
as trying to recover from being stabbed on the court in 1993. "My eating
was just uncontrollable," she says.
Actress Ally Sheedy (best known for her role in the 1985
hit "The Breakfast Club") struggled with anorexia and
bulimia in the past and at one point also was addicted
to pain killer medications.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The
Sopranos) battled with an eating disorder and spoke
publicly about her eating problem and her addiction to
exercising. She uses her celebrity to raise awareness
about eating disorders and is now a spokesperson for the
NEDA. Jamie wrote a book called " Wise Girl - What I’ve
Learned About Life, Love, and Loss" and openly shares
her story about her struggles with an eating disorder,
how her obsession with weight nearly destroyed her
career and the dark side of overnight success. "It is a
tough thing to talk about it, but it is actually
therapeutic for me."
Richard Simmons: Fitness and diet guru Richard
Simmons suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
Ashlee Simpson: Singer Ashlee Simpson (sister of
singer and actress Jessica Simpson) has publicly
admitted that she battled with an eating disorder during
her pre-teen years. "I was around a lot of girls with
Yeardley Smith: Actress and voice talent Yeardley
Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson on "The Simpsons)
suffered from bulimia for 25 years. Her eating disorder
started when she was about 13 years old. Coincidentally,
her character Lisa Simpson suffered through an eating
disorder in the episode "Sleeping with the Enemy". She
is currently performing in a one-woman show called
"More" where she exposes her eating disorder.
Courtney Thorne-Smith: Former 'Ally Mc Beal' actress
Courtney Thorne-Smith battled an eating disorder.
Courtney developed anorexia due to the pressure to be
thin. Her slide into anorexia led her to quit the
television show 'Ally Mc Beal'.
Brittany Snow: actress battled anorexia.
Meredith Vieira: Former 'The View' co-host Meredith Vieira said that
she had an eating disorder and body images issues when she was younger.
Meredith now has a yearlong series called 'Meredith's Club' which
designed to help educate children on healthy eating and the importance
Tallulah Willis: Demi Moore and Bruce
Willis' daughter Tallulah opened up about her past issues with her body
image. She admitted that she was diagnosed with an eating disorder and
had trouble living her life in the public eye due to her famous parents.
"I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I'm diagnosed with body
dysmorphia with reading those stupid f--king tabloids when I was like 13
and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more
than the people that loved me because why would the people who loved me
Peta Wilson: Actress and model
Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) suffered from an eating disorder. She
developed her eating disorder because of her parents' divorce and the
pressure of modeling.
The most influential person on TV, Oprah Winfrey, who
was raped at the age of nine by her nineteen year old
cousin and repeatedly sexually abused, struggled with
disordered eating. Oprah, who said about her weight
"It's always a struggle. I've felt safer and more
protected when I was heavy.
Kate Winslet: British actress Kate Winslet (Titanic,
Sense and Sensibility) has admitted to struggling with
eating disorders and Kate is honest and outspoken about
her life-long weight problems. "My uncle is a chef. My
mother is a fantastic cook. We're all big eaters. It was
kind of unavoidable." In high school, she was a bit
heavier and classmates called her "Blubber." The
criticisms led to depression and eating disorders.
Today, Kate Winslet is healthy, she loves her body and
her curves and refuses to play the 'super-skinny game'.
"I'm happy with the way I am. I'm not like American film
stars. I'm naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump
it. People think that if a woman isn't rail-thin, then
there must be something wrong with her - it's such
Angeline Yap: Miss World Singapore
finalist was anorexic. For seven long years, she battled her eating
disorder. Not only did she lose a lot of weight, she lost nearly all her
friends and almost her life. At her lowest, Miss Angeline Yap Siling
weighed just 33kg and was, in her mother's words, a walking skeleton.
She mutilated herself and also tried to kill herself. Only after the
death of her friend, who also had anorexia nervosa, did Miss Yap finally
decide to turn her life around.
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