Seven Celebrities Who Battle(d) Eating Disorders

Posted Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Hollywood and the media put a lot of pressure on stars and models to look good and stay slim. On top of this, the stress of working long, tiresome hours can cause them to lose weight naturally, and the media may push them to admit to eating disorders. Because of this, it’s not surprising that so many people have eating disorders caused by the pressures of home life, school, the media, or simply from a genetic predisposition. These seven celebrities are major stars that you will recognize from popular television shows, movies, and music.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet, a British-born actress known for her role as Rose in “Titanic” admitted to struggling with eating disorders when she was young. She said that she was once addicted to losing weight and would use laxatives whenever she wanted to drop the pounds. She was hooked on the drugs, which are dangerous because they can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal issues, or kidney failure. She said she was never bulimic or anorexic, but she did go on a 3-month laxative binge that made her feel terrible. She believes that her dieting obsession kicked in when she began to win film roles around the age of eighteen and tried to exist on just coffee, carrots, and apples.

Now living in the United States, she is working with a nutritionist to maintain proper eating habits and a healthy weight. She focused on gaining a healthy amount of weight and now seems to be slim but fit.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss started as a model and has done work for many high-end designers. She was part of the heroin movement that projected models who were skeletally thin. She admits to struggling with anorexia. In 2001, she went into a drug-induced coma and was hospitalized. She had announced a few times that she had never been anorexic, but finally admitted to having had anorexia and being a drug user during an interview.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton, heiress, socialite, designer, and singer, has suffered from bulimia nervosa since her youth. According to her friends, her thin figure may still be the result of an unmanaged eating disorder. In 1994, she checked herself into a clinic and has reportedly been in recovery since. Her diaries were leaked after she did not pay rent on a storage unit and then put up on the Internet. According to the diaries, she has done cocaine, marijuana, and possibly other drugs, and she admits to needing to seek help if and when she feels like throwing up again.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham, known as Posh Spice from The Spice Girls admitted to having an eating disorder after denying it for years. She is believed to have suffered from anorexia, which may explain her frail and sometimes emaciated state. According to medical doctors who have discussed her images, she is currently underweight and lost weight too quickly after the birth of her last child, leaving her looking hollow and frail. This could also be due to a lack of protein in her diet or a low calorie count, which would contribute to her lack of muscle tone and hollow facial structure.

Jessica Alba

Though you wouldn’t believe it looking at her now, Jessica Alba has battled anorexia. She believes it stems from growing up in a family that was overweight, so she was always trying to look thin. She states that her anorexia started around 2000 when she starred in “Dark Angel.”

Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell, formerly Ginger Spice of The Spice Girls, admitted publicly that she suffered from bulimia and binge eating disorder over the course of several years. The singer later received vitamin injections to help her replace the nutrients that her body was lacking.

Paul Abdul

Paula Abdul, the popular former judge of “American Idol” and past singer and dancer, suffered from bulimia in her younger years. By 1995, she had recovered from her eating disorder and released the album “Head over Heels.”

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