Most people in today’s society feel pressured to be slim and look perfect. It’s sad because even the celebs that “appear perfect” are airbrushed and photoshopped to look their very best.
People appear to want to copy Hollywood stars that are thin and fat-shame and bully people that don’t fit that mold. It’s really not a shock that so many celebrities wind up with eating disorders.
Pop star Kesha started off 2014 by going into a 30-day rehabilitation program to help her overcome an eating disorder. Her mother reportedly blames music producer Dr. Luke for putting pressure on the singer to lose weight.
Ke$ha issued a statement to People magazine, saying, “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder, to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am”.
Christina Ricci, most known for playing Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family” movie, battled anorexia. She said her eating disorder started when she watched a television movie and thought, “Ooh – anorexia. I could probably do that”. That was back in 2004 when she looked super thin and sickly. We’re happy to see her a healthy weight these days.
Demi Lovato battled not only an eating disorder but drugs, drinking, and cutting. The singer and actress said she began binging and purging as a child, something her mother takes the blame for after being obsessed with her own weight. Demi adds, “My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life”.
Portia De Rossi
The beautiful actress Portia, who is married to talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, battled an eating disorder in her early 20s. The Australian actress said the pressure to stay thin caused her to binge, purge, and eat less than 300 calories a day. Things came to a head when she collapsed on the set of “Ally McBeal” with osteoporosis and poor organ function. Instead of seeking help right away, Rossi switched from anorexia to bulimia and gained almost 100 pounds in one year, regularly binging and purging. Rossi claims she is no longer suffering from an eating disorder.
Ozzy Osbourne’s outspoken wife, Sharon Osbourne, battled bulimia even after having gastric bypass surgery. She said for 35 years she would binge eat during the family dinner and make herself throw up afterwards.
Mary Kate Olsen
Former “Full House” star and millionaire twin Mary Kate Olsen was plagued by rumors she had an eating disorder, finally seeking treatment for anorexia at Cirque Lodge in 2004. Her rep issued a statement saying, “This is a challenge that Mary-Kate has made a decision to face. This is a challenge she will meet.”
Nicole Richie co-starred in the reality show “The Simple Life” with former pal Paris Hilton for four seasons. Richie started the show at a healthy weight, dropping down to 90 pounds as she battled an eating disorder. Nicole, who is only 5’2″ admits she is “critical” of her body, but has come a long way from her “scary skinny” days in 2007. This past year Nicole has dropped weight, raising eyebrows that she may be having issues again.
Former Spice Girl (Posh Spice), who is married to soccer hunk and model David Beckham, has always been criticized for her slender body. Victoria denied having an eating disorder for years, even though she was skin and bones…and fake boobs. Victoria finally admitted in her book, Learning To Fly, that she has always been obsessed with her appearance in the past. She admits battling bulimia, saying she would starve herself and then binge eat. She even revealed she once ate ten bowls of Frosties (called Frosted Flakes in the U.S.) in one sitting.
Former “Sopranos” actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, known for as role as Meadows Soprano on the popular HBO show, confessed to struggling with bulimia. DiScala was suffering from exercise bulimia, where she would exercise much in the same way a bulimic will “purge” after eating. She has been outspoken about her longtime struggles with bulimia, trying to help others struggling with eating disorders.
Lindsay Lohan had people talking in 2006 when she dropped a considerable amount of weight quickly. Lindsay told Vanity Fair magazine, “I was sick, and I was scared too. I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take care of yourself.'”
Many celebrities were able to overcome their struggles, but for many it’s a lifetime battle.