Candid Confessions Of Celebrities Battling With Eating Disorders

Date April 10, 2018

For most people with eating disorders, there are always tell-tale signs. However, it is not always easy to detect. In cases where the condition has progressed, sufferers may get so good at hiding their problem, even close family is left in the dark.

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Dianna De La Garza, mother of pop singer Demi Lovato, was aware of her daughter’s history of anorexia during her teen years. But she did not know how rooted the problem was for years.

In her memoir, “Falling With Wings: A Mother’s Story,” Dianna spoke about her guilt on discovering Demi was suffering in silence, right under her nose. Thankfully, Demi got help and is much better now. She recently celebrated six years of living free of the illness.

Other celebrities suffer it too

With intense pressure from the media, some celebrities have fallen victim to eating disorders. Others trace their problem to childhood trauma and bullying. These celebrities have, at one time or the other, struggled with their weight and eating disorders.

Jane Fonda

She was one of the first celebrities to come clean about her eating disorder after suffering anorexia and bulimia for more than two decades.


Oprah Winfrey

In all her years on TV, Oprah’s weight has risen and fallen uncountable times. The TV show host confessed she has an awkward relationship with food.


Kelly Clarkson

The American Idol winner fought with anorexia for six months until her friend encouraged her to get medical attention. She consequently made a full recovery.


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Kate Winslet

Kate was bullied as a child in school and consequently developed an eating disorder. With her rise in Hollywood, she has constantly fought the pressure to thin-out.


Sir Elton John

The iconic singer once struggled with bulimia in his early years. All that is ancient history as he was able to get help early.


Victoria Beckham

During her time with the Spice Girls, Victoria was obsessed with staying thin. She confessed in her 2006 biography that it almost ruined her life. Earlier, she denied suffering anorexia.


Princess Diana of Wales

In a shocking interview, Diana confessed to having bulimia:

You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable.


For most, it is an ongoing battle, but professional psychological help does a lot to control the condition. These inspiring celebrities are ample proof that eating disorders can be managed and people can still live long and productive lives.

More than a teen condition

There seem to be more teens suffering eating disorders. But this does not rule out the risk in older people. It can affect people irrespective of their age, status, or ethnicity. Anorexia affects mostly women and as much as 50% of girls who suffer the condition in their teen years never fully recover by their mid-20’s.

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The National Eating Disorders Association cite body image distraction as a major cause of eating disorders. As women are generally more inclined to have negative feelings about their bodies, they are more likely to be affected by the condition. /

It is always advisable to seek professional help for eating disorders. Family and support systems also play an important role. Patients who have lots of support from family or support systems stand a greater chance of achieving full recovery.

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