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Celebrities with Eating Disorders - List and Pics
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has admitted that she struggled with anorexia and bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18, but is now recovered.
"I work out about two times a week instead of nine," she said. "I'm still a part of society, but I'm better able to challenge it than when I was 14."
Ana Carolina Reston
Brazilian fashion model Ana Carolina Reston died at age 21 from complications of anorexia in November of 2006.
"Take care for your children because their loss is irreparable," Reston's mother, Miriam, told the O Globo newspaper. "Nothing can make the pain go away. No money in the world is worth the life of your child."
American singer Ashlee Simpson, the younger sister of highly successful actress and singer Jessica Simpson, admits battling an eating disorder in her pre-teen years. Despite being photographed at very low weights in the recent past, Ashlee attests that she has fully recovered.
"I think I have good curves, and they're womanly," she says. "I hate it when girls lose their curves. "I think it's sexy not to be a bone and it's sad when people get too weight-conscious and don't look in the mirror and see themselves as being as beautiful as they are."
Actress Barbara Niven has come forward about her hidden struggle:
"I did it all: anorexia, bulimia, binging, over-exercise. But no matter how much weight I lost I could never look "skinny". It's not my body type! So I always felt disgusting and like a failure. I hated myself and my body, but always tried to hide how I felt behind a smile. It was my secret shame."
The actress made famous as "Ally McBeal" long denied having an eating disorder, but later came forward to admit that she had.
"I am much more healthy these days," she says, despite no evidence of significant weight gain.
Gymnast Cathy Rigby was the first American woman to win a gold medal in a World Gymnastics Competition, which she did at the 1968 Summer Olympics. She now reports that most of the USA national team suffered from eating disorders, without the official label. "We didn't know very much about nutrition. Neither did the coaches," she says.
Cathy got help for her eating disorder in the 1980's, and now travels the country speaking about her experiences, in the hopes of helping someone else.
Australian rocker Daniel Johns from the band Silverchair has been open about his history of anorexia and depression, which nearly led him to suicide in his teenage years.
The incidence of eating disorders in Australia has doubled in the past ten years, recent studies show.
Actress Elisa Donovan engaged in chronic dieting as a teenager, leading to a battle with anorexia nervosa, from which she is now recovered. "At first, I'd eat no fat," Elisa says of her disordered eating. "Then, I'd just eat breakfast--cereal and toast--and not eat again until night."
The legendary British musician and composer entered rehabilitation in 1990 for substance abuse problems and bulimia. Post-recovery, he came out as a homosexual, and today enjoys as much success as ever.
In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Actress Felicity Huffman fought anorexia and bulimia throughout her teens and into her early twenties. She sought help with the support of her family at age 22.
Today, Felicity stars in the wildly popular ABC hit Desperate Housewives.
Renowned ballerina Gelsey Kirkland published a co-authored autobiography in 1986, chronicling her double-life as an acclaimed dancer and self-hating anorexic.
Wikipedia bills Gelsey as "one of the first Ballet dancers to embrace plastic surgery to improve her on-stage 'line' and working herself literally almost to death."
Geri Halliwell, best known as "Ginger" from the pop sensation the Spice Girls, publicly admits struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating for many years. Her weight has yo-yoed throughout her career, but she champions honesty as the path to recovery.
"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," she says.
Multi-talented celebrity Jane Fonda was one of the first famous women to openly discuss her eating disorder. In the late 1970s, she went public with her "bulimarexia."
She has enjoyed success as a fitness guru and actress, her career spanning more than three decades.
British actress Kate Beckinsdale has been open from the start about her struggle with anorexia before pursuing film. She prefers not to make the story of her eating disorder the main point of focus in her career.
"People keep asking me about it but I don't want to be famous for being a former anorexic," she says.
Kate Dillon starved herself to maintain the body she needed as a high-fashion model. Today, post-recovery, she is more successful than ever in her career as a plus-size model.
American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katherine McPhee has been outspoken about her recovery from bulimia. She spent time between the initial auditions and the live show in a rehabilitation program, and credits the show as the motivation she needed to seek help for her 5-year battle.
British-born actress Kate Winslet admits to eating disorder problems in her youth, though she has, over the years, put on a healthy amount of weight.
"I'm happy with the way I am," she says now. "I'm not like American film stars. I'm naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump it."
Pop singer Paula Abdul admits to struggling with bulimia and issues with compulsive over-exercise in the past.
Today, she is one of three judges on the Fox show American Idol, amidst scandel surrounding alleged drug use.
England's beloved Princess Diana, activist and ex-wife of Prince of Wales Charles, confessed self-harm and bulimia to the British media.
Diana died tragically in a car accident involving a paparazzi chase in August 1997.
Actress and cultural icon Sandra Dee says: "I was anorexic for many, many years -- even before people knew what it was. They didn't even have a name for it back then."
Today, Sandra is constantly under a doctor's supervision, and goes in for monthly blood tests, as years of starvation and substance abuse have taken a toll on her body.
Country singer Wynonna Judd has admitted to struggling with compulsive over-eating. She has been through rehabilitation, but continues to have problems with her weight.