(Listed below this list are the celebrities who have made it known that they have an eating disorder.)
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 diagnose bulimia
Margaux Hemmingway: actress, model, suffered with bulimia
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 disorder.
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 depression.
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."
Lauren Alaina: American Idol Alum Lauren Alaina Acknowledges Struggle With Bulimia. "Desperately Wanted to Be Thin." In a recent video interview with Time magazine, she talks openly about how she is just now overcoming the eating disorder she’s had for the past five years. “I struggled with weight really bad,” she says. “I’m not a heavy person. I’m just super insecure about it, for whatever reason. I struggled with eating disorders and severe problems for the past five years. I had bulimia for a few years. I was really sick. I feel like I don’t even know that person. I got really thin, and I still wasn’t happy.”
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 bulimia.
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.
Hilaria Baldwin: Wife of Alec Baldwin, discovered her love for Latin ballroom dancing as a teen, but as she became more committed to performing professionally she struggled with eating disorders. The yoga instructor and mom of three details her battles with anorexia and bulimia in her new book, The Living Clearly Method. “Without realizing it, I started drifting away from the playful connection to movement I’d enjoyed as a young child and into a different and darker kind of dynamic: pushing my body to its limits and commanding it to perform through pain or fatigue,” Baldwin, 32, writes. Her body had already reached its limits by the time Baldwin started college at New York University. “A long simmering struggle with anorexia and bulimia began to hold me firmly in its grip,” she says. “By the time I was 20 years old, my 5-foot-3 frame was at least 20 lbs. under a healthy weight. My nails were brittle, my hair was falling out, my period was MIA, and my energy had tanked. I was miserable and desperate to feel better.”Thankfully Baldwin discovered yoga, which helped pull her out of her funk. But while the practice initially reduced Baldwin’s stress, she flew through the ranks to become a yoga instructor and open her own studio — and once again found herself taking on too much. “I wish I could say that it was smooth sailing from this point on, but sometimes things have to get a whole lot worse before they get better,” Baldwin says. “Even while I was helping so many others, I still didn’t listen to my body. Extraordinarily long days became my reality; skipping meals was par for the course.”
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 awareness.
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 anorexic."
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.
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. Demi Lovato has been vocal about her struggles with bulimia, which saw her checked into rehab in 2010, aged 18. Lovato said growing up around her mum, a former cheerleader, and her grandmother, both of whom battled bulimia, didn’t make it easy. “Being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder...it’s hard not to grow up like that,” she told American Way. The singer is now a body positive role model for many women. She has previously slammed the ‘thigh gap’ trend and now regularly posts health and fitness videos on Snapchat.Liz Mace: Megan and Liz singer Liz Mace bravely shared with her fans on Instagram. The artist has been quietly struggling through an eating disorder for the better part of a decade – and now she's seeking help to take care of herself in the best way possible."For a lot of you- friends and family included- you probably had no idea that for the past 10 years I have been battling anorexia. It's been on and off, up and down, biggest secret/struggle I've ever had to deal with." "But in 2016 I took control of my life and sought treatment for the first time. So if this New Years you are thinking about doing something, changing something, this is me telling you that you can fight your demons (whatever they are) and win," she added. "Remember that your body was made to carry your soul, to be the voice of your beautiful words and ideas. Here's to a strong 2017. Thank you for always loving me no matter what. #gainingweightiscool." "If any of you reading this feel like you may have an eating disorder but feel you aren’t ready to get help, take my advice and go get help. Every meal you skip, or mistreatment of your body is one damaging step that may not be reversible," she says. "You are worthy of a life that is so full and memorable, bright and delicious. Anorexia is a real mental illness. Eating disorders are extremely common and unfortunately extremely underplayed. Your body was made for so much more than to 'look good in clothes,' or to get attention. Your body is a vessel for your beautiful, passionate, unique soul."
Kim MacKenzie : Ms. Norway 2014 has openly admitted to battling with bulimia.Zayn Malik has made headlines after revealing in his new book that he suffered from a “serious” eating disorder during his One Direction days. The singer is one of a number of celebrities who have opened up about their struggles with eating disorders over the years. In the spirit of raising awareness - and encouraging those who do suffer to speak out and seek help - here are seven other famous people who have laid bare their struggles with the illness.
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 nearly died."
Kellie Martin: 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.
Mary McDonough: Actress (The Waltons) struggled with an eating disorder.
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 eat.Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall spoke about her struggle with anorexia in the band’s book, ‘Our World’. She said she developed the illness when she was 13, after going through a particularly difficult time in her personal life. She wrote: “Anorexia is a self-destructive thing and you become stubborn, so when people are trying to tell you something you get it into your head that they’re against you and you’re not going to listen.” Revealing the extent of her illness, she added: “It took going to hospital to make me realize that it wasn’t a game, it was something really serious. They sat me down in the clinic and were quite tough at first, spelling it out: ‘You’re destroying your body and if you keep doing this you will die.’” After this, she began to conquer her eating disorder with the help of therapy sessions and regular hospital visits.
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.
Carissa Moore: World Champion surfer Carissa Moore "I have been to some dark places in my journey of living a healthy lifestyle," Moore says in an interview with ESPN W. "I struggled with binge-eating. That also led to, one time, trying to make myself throw up which wasn't something I'm very proud of. No one should ever think that low of themselves to inflict pain." Moore, says that in high school, she would eat her lunch in the morning and then starve herself for the rest of the day, only to binge eat when she got home. At nights, she would often wake up to eat, then exercise out of guilt and go back to sleep. "I don't feel imprisoned by food anymore," Moore says. "It's all about balance for me, and that's translated to every part of my life. I enjoy ice cream. I enjoy cookies. And the same goes with surfing: I work really hard, but I also find time to rest and relax. I'm just really comfortable and happy in my own skin at this point."
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 www.barbaraniven.com .
Gemma Oaten: The British soap opera star Gemma Oaten opened up about her struggle with anorexia. Gemma confessed that one of her biggest regrets following her experience was the impact her illness had on her family. "That's one of my biggest heartbreaks and probably why I get upset because of what I put my mum and my dad and my siblings through," she explained. "I think what we want to try and say is that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and people will look at me and mum, and our family unit and see that we went to hell and back but we did it."
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 disorder.
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.
Alexa PenaVega: On "Dancing With The Stars," Alexa PenaVega opened up for the first time about her childhood struggle with bulimia. Her six-year struggle with bulimia started when the former "Spy Kids" star was told by a movie producer that she was too fat. Now, at 27 years old, she has completely recovered, but it's something that will always emotionally stick with her, and she has "DWTS" to thank for the strength and confidence she found to share this story. "This is something that I was so afraid to talk about before, but this show has given me so much confidence. I went through a big battle, and all I wanted to do was move and inspire people and show them that bulimia is something that you can get over." Suffering with an eating disorder at such a young age can really take a toll on you, especially when nobody truly understands what you're going through. "The one thing that I had always wanted was for someone to be real with me about the whole situation. You read textbooks, and it's just so, well, textbook. 'This is how you get over bulimia.' But it is so much deeper than that. I wish I'd had somebody who could have told me, 'It's scary.' You struggle giving it up. You want to get rid of it, but you struggle because, in a strange way, you enjoy it. I never wanted people to associate me with this problem, and I feel like that's the biggest fear you have with trying to overcome that," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I don't want anybody to associate me with an eating disorder or bulimia in any way. So finally just being able to let it go and say, 'You know what, I know who I am and I've gotten past this and I'm proud of myself.' For me, I'm just like, 'Let the world know.' Because I wish I had somebody to be real with me who was just so open about it."
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 substance abuse.
Jaime Pressly: Actress from NBC's hit My Name Is Earl.
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."Claire Richards said she became so obsessed with her weight at the height of her band’s fame that she developed bulimia. She said she would binge on food and then purges to please critics and fit into the pop star mould. In her book, ‘All Of Me’, she wrote: “I was young, in the spotlight and under pressure - not only to perform but to look a certain way. Controlling your food intake gives you the sense you’re in control of life. I remember reading about anorexia when I was just 11. I didn’t know what anorexia was then, but I remembered the word and, years later, I was to understand only too well what it meant.”
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 looked."
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 eating disorder.
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.” An American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. She is the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. "I would do all kinds of crazy stuff; I struggled with bulimia and all these things for years. I was unhappy."
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.
Ally Sheedy: 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 eating disorders."
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 of exercise.
Jules Wainstein: The Real Housewives of New York City': Jules Admits to Eating-Disorder Struggles. One thing that Jules was able to communicate was that she had struggled with an eating disorder in her teens and 20s, which caused her to drop out of college after seven years of trying to get a degree.
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 be honest?"
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.
Oprah Winfrey: 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 nonsense."
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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