Famous People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a common occurrence: they are unusual eating habits which involve the sufferer either eating very little food or an amount that can be termed as excess. The two primary eating disorders that exist are bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.

Not even celebrities are immune to these! The following are famous people who have admitted to having eating disorders.

1. Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

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The star from the popular TV series, Glee revealed in her memoir that she suffered from anorexia while still in high school. It all began when her parents were having some problems in their marriage.

She noted that in one instance, she was shaking from the extreme hunger she had; but could still not get herself to eat an apple. She was really struggling with the decision to eat or not to eat.

2. Oprah Winfrey

The queen of daytime TV talk show has an eating disorder! Who would have thought? The most recognizable woman in the universe confides that she has been a victim of the condition all her life. She added that she had always felt safest when she was heavier, a struggle she has always had to endure.

3. Lady Gaga

Famous for her controversial songs and dressing, Lady Gaga’s controversy did not begin with her music: even her eating used to be controversial! She suffered from both bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa that saw notable fluctuations in her weight. This is something that has a remained a subject of speculation by the press to this era.

4. Elton John

The honorable Sir. Elton John is no exception to eating disorders. He struggled with bulimia nervosa, but his was special. Rather than consume his food, he would be chewing and spitting. The gifted British singer, known for hit songs like “sacrifice” has also struggled publicly with drug abuse.

5. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba has always had that perfect supermodel body we see in her movies. Hers seems like an odd name to be on this list, or maybe not?

The “Dark Angel” had past struggles with anorexia, a revelation she made when she sat down with Glamour magazine for an interview. She went further to acknowledge that there many victims of the condition which for her became an obsession.

6. Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is another celebrity who has suffered from anorexia nervosa before. Hollywood has sometimes been known to push actresses to limits of developing weird eating habits. The competition to land a role, and the struggle to remain relevant to directors so that they are featured in blockbuster movies is a known cause of this.

This was however not the case for Kate. In fact, she blames eating disorders on issues that are going on at home as opposed to the media.

7. Katie Couric

The last famous person we will be looking at is Katie Couric. Katie confided in the public that she struggled with anorexia while she was still in college. It was so tough she says, that it was damaging to her both physically and psychologically. It must have been quite a struggle I can imagine!