Who are the famous people who have DIED from Eating Disorders?
(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.
Who are the famous celebrities who have spoken publicly about their suffering with Eating Disorders?
(this list is constantly being updated)
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.
Schuyler Bailar: Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes profiles Harvard swimmer Schuyler Bailar, who may be the first openly transgender male athlete to compete in a NCAA Division I men's sport. Just two years ago, Schuyler Bailar was one of the fastest high school swimmers in the country -- a champion breaststroker with a stellar academic record who had women's swim coaches from around the Ivy League coming to call. Schuyler's first choice was Harvard, and as luck would have it, the Harvard women's swim team was in need of a breaststroker. Schuyler was offered a spot, and a seemingly perfect match was made. Schuyler had been depressed as a girl and suffered through eating disorders.
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.
Troian 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 behavior. 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 behavior. "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." Troian Bellisario has been candid about her experience with anorexia, appearing in PSA for the content network ATTN in November. In it, the Pretty Little Liars actress detailed how she was a happy, carefree kid when “suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself.” In a new interview, Bellisario says she still needs to make a conscious effort to eat well. “To be honest, because I have such a complicated history with food, the biggest day-to-day struggle is just making sure I maintain a healthy diet. “Even if you are several years into your recovery, whereas some people may just forget to eat or be too busy running around to eat, that is a very significant stress on my mental state, and it links back to some really unhealthy habits.” Bellisario says that she has to make sure that she eats “in a healthy way” and on a regular schedule in order to have a good relationship with food. She also tries to “make meals a social activity and not just shoving a protein bar in my face in the dark just to make sure I have fuel.” That, she says, is her biggest wellness struggle. Troian Bellisario from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ said she suffered from anorexia and also self-harmed. “It was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody,” she told Seventeen. “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 behavior.” She added: “I felt this sadness, and I thought if people really knew what was going on inside me, they wouldn’t want to hang out with me. So I tried to keep it light and funny. I became imprisoned [by my eating disorder and self-harm]. And it was something I fought with.”
Alexa Bliss, WWE’s smallest female competitor, has quickly become one of the biggest stars in the women’s division and has been the SmackDown Women’s Champion for the last 50 days since defeating Becky Lynch at TLC. “I had gone through it first in high school. Then when I joined college cheer, we had a very strict workout regimen that we had to follow. And I had just recovered from the first eating disorder. We had to sign in to do cardio, BOD PODs [a measurement of muscle vs. fat in the body], the things athletes should do. But it retriggered everything for me. I went from 120 pounds to 80 pounds in about six weeks. That was the main reason I left Akron. It was after a football game. I was still in my uniform. I told my coach that I needed to go home and get help. I checked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital [in Columbus] and the doctors were amazing and helped me get through it all. It was a tough time but it also made me the person I am today.”
Russell Brand revealed he started binge-eating and purging around the time he was 11. “It was really unusual in boys, quite embarrassing. But I found it euphoric,” he said. As an adult, the bulimia briefly returned and reflecting back, Brand believes it was “about getting out of myself and isolation, feeling inadequate and unpleasant”.
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.
Melanie C: aka Melanie Chisholm, the singer known around the world as Sporty Spice, wasn’t the picture of happiness that she exuded as a member of the Spice Girls. Chisholm recalled, “I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20, and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder." She explained, "I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image." Chisholm says that she was in denial about her condition “for a long time” but wanted to get better and underwent multiple forms of therapy to help overcome her issues with food. Today she has a healthy relationship with food. Self-care and healing, that’s some real girl power.
Richa Chadha: Bollywood Actress Richa Chadha has revealed that she battled bulimia and has spoken out about feeling pressured to look a certain way for her film roles. In a TEDx Talk, the 29-year-old star of films like Masaan and Gangs of Wasseypur said that her "confidence began to evaporate" when she was asked to "gain weight, then lose weight, fix my nose and inflate my lips." "I was told I should gain weight, then lose weight, fix my nose and inflate my lips, get a boob job, lose the puppy fat, grow my hair out, or cut it, get highlights, or fake eyelash extensions, squat for a bigger booty, get fake gel nails, run in heels, wear Spanx, pout while talking, focus on dilating the pupils, and listen attentively. I crumbled under the pressure like a wrecking ball had hit me," Ms Chadha said. Eating disorders are the film industry's "best kept secret," Ms Chadha said, calling bulimia the 'Big B.' "Don't fall for the illusion you see on screen and in magazines," was Richa Chadha's advice to women everywhere, "Don't turn the male gaze on yourself."
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 regularly."
Kelly Clarkson: The 'American Idol' winner struggled with bulimia for six months until friends discovered her secret and begged her to get help.
Judy Collins: Singer Judy Collins burst on the scene in the 1960s and she’s still going strong, even scoring a Grammy nomination for best folk album. Always candid, she has a memoir called, Cravings: How I Conquered Food (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), in which she writes about overcoming alcoholism and an eating disorder. She was bulimic for 11 years until the early 1980s.
Lily Collins: Lily has opened up about her eating disorders. The actress and daughter of musician Phil Collins, who plays a woman seeking treatment for anorexia in the new drama To The Bone, says she suffered from eating disorders when she was a teenager. Lily Collins added that it felt like “one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life” to be sharing about her battles with anorexia as a teenager.
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 physically." www.katiecouric.com
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.
Shane Dawson: Two years ago, the 28-year-old opened up about his Body dysmorphic disorder on camera for the first time. From ages 18 to 20, Shane was consumed with the idea of loosing weight and getting rid of his extra skin, he constantly saw himself as bigger than he really was, which led him into a dark depression. In the video in which he revealed his past struggles, the YouTuber gets emotional talking about how he's so tired of caring about his body and weight so much. Shane has since started seeing a therapist and continues to learn to love himself for who he truly is.
Sandra Dee: 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 then."
Susan Dey: 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 occasion.
Kate 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 own terms."
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."
Freddie Flintoff: Cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff has opened up about his past struggle with bulimia. Freddie said how he used to throw up as a "quick fix". "It's something which happened. I was in my early twenties and I put on a bit of weight on and I wanted a quick fix. "So I started to make myself sick to lose the weight and before I knew it, it became a habit."
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 system."
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. The singer said she has struggled with bulimia and anorexia since she was 15. She launched a sub-section on her site called ‘The Body Revolution’ to encourage her fans to love themselves and promote positive body image.
Zina Garrison: 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.
Tracy Gold: 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."
Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau: Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is a Canadian television host and the wife of incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Gregoire-Trudeau has been open about her struggle with bulimia, which she says started when she was about 17. The illness continued until Gregoire-Trudeau was in her early 20s, when she eventually reached out to her mother for help to get into treatment. Gregoire-Trudeau has been speaking out about eating disorders, as well as other issues she’s passionate about, including women’s self-esteem and violence against women.
Kathy Griffin: Comedian and Actress has talked openly about her battles with Bulimia.
Fiona Grindlay: 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 condition.
Gabbie Hanna: The girl behind the hilarious Gabbie Show recently opened up about her struggle with eating disorders. The YouTuber actually didn't even know she had a problem until her therapist, who she was seeing for her anxiety, brought it up. The brunette then realized she had an extremely unhealthy relationship with food to the extent where she couldn't even swallow it and would eventually just spit everything back up. After letting food and weight consume her every thought, Gabbie says that she had a handful of crackers and instantly felt better and that's when she realized that she was doing more harm than good by starving herself. She decided to actually track her eating habits, go to a therapist and get a trainer to help her get healthy without depriving herself from sustenance.
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.
Lucy Hale is Cosmopolitan‘s September cover girl, but you might not know who she is. The 22-year-old picked up a Teen Choice Award for her role as Aria on ABC Family’s hit series “Pretty Little Liars.” She also recently inked a deal with Hollywood Records, and might give Taylor Swift some competition as her forthcoming album will likely be in the country genre, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hale got her start in 2003 on the short-lived show “American Juniors,” an “American Idol” spinoff with younger contestants, and went on to land guest-starring roles on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows. Fans might remember Hale from the also-short-lived CW drama “Privileged,” which was actress’s first leading role. Hale has become a teen favorite with made-for-TV movies, such as “Sorority Wars” and “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” but is slowly becoming a better-known name through the breakout success of “Pretty Little Liars,” which is now in its third season. The rising star rocks a midriff-baring yellow shirt with faded jeans on the cover of Cosmopolitan and looks like she’s practically glowing, but she also opened up to the magazine about her eating disorder and struggle with body-image issues. “I’ve never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating. Or maybe I’d have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem…It was a gradual process but I changed myself,” she revealed.
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."
Grace Helbig: Known as being the fashionable funny woman and a third of YouTube's Holy Trinity with Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart, Grace is known for her candid take on pop culture. But in her second book Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It, the 30-year-old immediately opens up about dealing with an eating disorder throughout high school and college. We love Grace's ability to be both real and serious and hilariously ironic.
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!
Cassey Ho: The founder of Blogilates is known for promoting wellness, healthy living and most importantly, confidence. Her Instagram is full of empowering messages about acceptance and she is always real about how easy it can be to get back into bad habits. Early this year, Cassey revealed that she has been putting off telling the truth for four years, and was finally ready to open up about her past eating disorders. When the 29-year-old moved to LA, she decided to enter in a muscle bikini competition. The fitness guru hired a personal trainer, worked out 7 days a week and ate only 1,000 calories a day. After the competition, she ate cheesecake and her body rejected it after eating so poorly for so long. This caused Cassey to be afraid of eating anything that she saw as being unhealthy, even apples! The YouTuber eventually learned she was suffering from orthorexia — an eating disorder that consists of being obsessed with eating healthy food — for a year after the bikini competition. Thankfully, Cassey was able to change her mindset and see food as fuel and was able to take her life back to make the Pilates videos we love!
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.
Daniel Johns: musician
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 bulimia.
Wynonna Judd: 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.
Mia Kang: Mia, the winner of our 2016 SI Swimsuit Model Search contest, grew up in Hong Kong, but considers herself to be a citizen of the world. Her mother is South Korean, while her father is British, giving our newest rookie a unique look and unparalleled beauty. Before she was a model, Mia struggled with anxiety, bulimia, anorexia and depression. Now she hopes to encourage her fans around the world by sharing her story and showing how a healthy lifestyle can transform you from the inside out.
Diane Keaton: Struggled with Bulimia to the point where it destroyed her teeth and she needed to have them recapped.
Kesha spoke about her battle with depression and an eating disorder, after being trolled about her body on Instagram. Sharing a photo of herself with both middle fingers in the air on Instagram, she wrote: “I have been battling depression and an eating disorder for a while now. “My career is in a strange place and it feels like I’m fighting an uphill fight some days. But I have decided to take my life back. my freedom. my happiness. my voice. my worth. I will not just fucking be quiet and hide.”
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 eat."
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. 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.
Evanna Lynch: Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has opened up about overcoming anorexia and going public with her illness has helped her to inspire others with similar struggles. The 24-year-old Louth actress, who's best known for playing Luna Lovegod in the Harry Potter franchise, has become a role model for those who are struggling with eating disorders. Evanna began her battles with anorexia when she was just 11-years-old and decided to speak about it publicly when became an actress. "I think it's because I felt like I was being dishonest by omission."
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.
Jo McNally: Comedian Jo McNally won praise for speaking about eating disorders on the Tommy Tiernan Show. The comedian suffered from anorexia and bulimia.
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.
Tyler Oakley: It's safe to say that Tyler is one of the biggest names in the YouTube community. In his videos, Ty tackles every topic from politics and education to forcing his mom to ride roller coasters with him, and he is always honest about his thoughts and opinions. His first book Binge was no different. In a series of essays explaining his life, the 27-year-old shares how he suffered from binge eating disorder and how he would starve himself throughout the day and then secretly eat everything he could get his hands on at night. The YouTuber even tweeted that although he doesn't talk about it a lot in videos, he is still affected and continues to work out his body image issues. We love Tyler's openness and passion for being comfortable for who you are!
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."
Anna Saccone: The fashion/beauty blogger and one half of the SacconeJoly's daily vlog channel recently uploaded a powerful and personal video explaining her month-long YouTube absence. Anna's 28-minute video goes discusses the constant stress she's had since she unfortunately miscarried her third child and how she was being wrongly fat-shamed, something that was extra difficult because of her past struggle with eating disorders. Since she was 18, the beauty guru has been battling bulimia and still has trouble with her body today. Luckily, Anna is doing better than ever, but still works hard to love herself.
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.
Gabourey Sidibe: Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Writing in her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare, Gabourey reveals how the split of her parents – subway singer Alice and New York taxi driver Ibnou – was a catalyst for the bulimia, along with depression and anxiety. But Gabourey says she overcame it all thanks to therapy: “It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful.”
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."
Marnie Simpson: Marnie Simpson has candidly opened up on her teenage struggle with food admitting she “lived on lettuce” and hit the gym hard when her mum relocated to America. The Geordie Shore favourite spoke out after her fellow reality show pal Lauren Pope and fitness fan Chloe Madeley had been targeted by trolls for their weight, and branded “too thin.”
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.
Lindsey Stirling: Although being YouTube's highest-paid female and a crazy famous pop-rock violinist is probably the best job in the world, Lindsey's life wasn't always as fun and exciting as it is now. In her first memoir, The Only Pirate at the Party, the 29-year-old opened up about how she was constantly turned down from talent agencies and was also struggling with anorexia. She felt like an outsider, but once she went to her first support group at the age of 23, she realized that she could open up. We love that Lindsey wants to use to her story to help others see that it's possible to overcome the disease and how important it is to seek help.
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.
Kerry Washington: The “Scandal” star is known as one of the most confident and beautiful faces in Hollywood, but even the woman behind Olivia Pope struggled with her body image at one point. Washington admitted that during her college days she would go on unhealthy binging cycles and then exercise for hours.
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.