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10 Celebrities Reveal Their Struggles With Eating Disorders

December 09, 2015 4 min read

Celebrities face an incredible amount of pressure to look a certain way for roles, for fans and to keep up with societal standards. But all the weight on their shoulders can undoubtedly take its toll, leaving them feeling like they have lost control of their own bodies and beliefs. They can get so broken down that, to regain a sense of control, they turn to eating disorders. Self-harming habits are hard to watch, but impossible to truly understand unless you are the individual going through it. These 10 celebrities give us an inside look at exactly what drove them to such destruction, and how they have risen above from it all in the long run. 1)  Elton John opened up in In his book Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDSabout his battle with bulimia, alcohol and drug addiction: “My hair was white, my skin pale. I was bloated and gorged. I looked tired, sick and beaten. I looked horrible. It was almost too much to take. I had been overcome by addiction; I was completely out of control. I looked, quite frankly, like a piano-playing Elvis Presley. As messed up as I’ve ever been. There was no question: I was going to change, or I was going to die.” 2)  Demi Lovato revealed to BuzzFeed her struggle with body image and how she overcame her eating disorder: “I have come a long way mentally, emotionally, and physically, and I’m proud of where I am today. When I look back, it saddens me to think that I was so hard on myself — when I was younger, I thought I had to look like everyone else, but I learned that beauty comes from how you feel about yourself. Once I started taking care of my mind, body, and soul, I realised that I didn’t need to conform to what’s ‘normal’ and started to love myself.”
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3) Christina Ricci discussed how being in the spotlight affected her recovery from anorexia: “Somebody actually found out about it and outed [me] while I was recovering … It was a horrifying thing to do to a 14-year-old trying to cope with a devastating illness. And, out of rage, I vowed that no one would ever be able to out me for a secret again. So I was going to be completely honest in the rest of my life. I don’t want to be hurt in that way again.”

4) Kesha wrote a piece for ELLE explaining her eating disorder:  “I’ve always tried to be a crusader for loving yourself, but I’d been finding it harder and harder to do personally. I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong. My brain told me to just suck it up and press on, but in my heart I knew that something had to change. So I made the decision to practise what I preach. I put my career on hold and sought treatment. I had to learn to treat my body with respect.”

5) Jane Fonda opened up about her battle with bulimia: “I wasn’t very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time. It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It takes longer to recover from a bout. I had a career, I was winning awards, I was supporting nonprofits, I had a family. I had to make a choice: I live or I die.”

6) Actress Portia de Rossi discussed her battle with anorexia and bulimia in her book Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain: “I think that it’s important to not be so concerned about how you look. As women, it’s really important to be focused on things other than what is on the plate in front of you and get on with your life and develop your mind and career and not be so obsessed with how you look and what you weigh.”

7) Zoë Kravitz, who played a character with anorexia in The Road Within, discussed her battle with bulimia and anorexia:  “I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18. I started with the eating disorder in high school … I think it was part of being a woman … I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”

8) Janet Jackson told the Telegraph that she had a problem with binge eating: “Food has always brought me comfort and the bingeing is triggered when I’m in a space that is not positive … When I’m feeling down on myself or not feeling good about who I am, or maybe something happened and I’m feeling depressed, I eat to fill that void. Afterwards I’ll beat myself up about it. I regret doing it, but I’ll turn around and do it again.”

9) Russell Brand has been very open about his addiction to drugs and sex, and has also said he dealt with bulimia during his teenage years: “It was really unusual in boys, quite embarrassing. But I found it euphoric … It was clearly about getting out of myself and isolation. Feeling inadequate and unpleasant.”

10) Nicole Scherzinger revealed to Cosmopolitan her experience with bulimia: “I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows, and then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France. I thought, ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself.’ … It’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside, the [Pussycat] Dolls were on top of the world, but I was miserable on the inside. I’m never letting that happen again; you only get one life – I was 27 only once.”

Have you ever dealt with an eating disorder, and can you relate to any of these celebrities' feelings on it?

Source: Buzzfeed


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