Eating disorders are far more common than people are aware of. It is estimated that one in 200 women in the United States suffers from anorexia, two to three in 100 women deal with bulimia and up to 10% of college-aged women will battle some form of eating disorder.
These 10 celebrities have come forward to help raise awareness of eating disorders and not to bolster their own fame. They believe that by helping other people understand these conditions better, that sufferers will be better understood and cared for in society.
You won’t believe some of the people who have battled eating disorders, like number seven on our list.
10. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga may seem like the epitome of confidence, but she’s been battling both bulimia and anorexia since she was in her teens. She’s even published pictures of herself at her worst on her social media feed to try and make sure her fans steer clear of her mistakes.
9. Russell Brand
Russell Brand’s one of those direct people who is happy to be honest about themselves, and he’s confessed that he was bulimic when he was a teenager. He also struggled with self-harm at around the same time. The bulimia came back when he went to rehab, too.
8. Jane Fonda
She may have been the “Queen of the Workout,” but Jane Fonda wasn’t as happy with her body image as you might expect of a global fitness sensation. She was actually battling bulimia and she says that it was focusing on exercise which finally enabled her to conquer it.
7. Kate Winslet
Kate wasn’t treated very kindly at school because of her larger frame. The kids taunted her with “blubber” and other cruel insults. She then developed an eating disorder in response. Today, she refuses to bow to the pressure to be thin and has built a career on her curves.
Eminem had a huge weight problem. In fact, at one point he reached 230lbs! He ballooned in weight after taking a drug overdose which damaged the surface of the inside of his stomach. It left him permanently hungry and all he did was over-eat all the time. He’s put it behind him now.
5. Princess Diana
Proving that absolutely anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, Princess Diana’s life of privilege was no shield from her eating problems. She struggled with bulimia throughout her marriage up until 1981 when she finally received treatment for her problem. In the 1990s she began to campaign to raise awareness of eating disorders to help others.
3. Katie Couric
Katie Couric only opened up about her past when she was working with Demi Lovato, who is famously open about her own eating disorders. She then told the world, “I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that.” It can be a very hard thing to talk about eating disorders for those who have dealt with them.
2. Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy’s wife and reality TV star Sharon Osbourne says that she’s often struggling with bulimia. She says, “I’ve tried to stop it. I thought when I got my stomach done, it would cure it. It hasn’t. It just means I can’t eat as much. I still binge. If I’m under stress, I hit the biscuits and the crisps and the bread. I cram it in – eat, eat, eat – until I physically can’t get any more into my body. The food is piled up to my throat. “Then I have to be sick. I don’t even have to make myself sick. It’s automatic.”
1. Elton John
Not all eating disorders are concerned with slimming. Over-eating and binge-eating are a big problem for men and many men resort to bulimia to cope with this problem. Elton John’s been dealing with bulimia for much of his life. A problem he describes as “chewing and spitting.”
You’d never have thought it, would you? That people with all the world at their feet can have the same kinds of problems as everyday folks? Yet, they can.
Celebrities are just as human as the rest of us and that means they suffer from the same disorders and issues that we do.
It takes a brave person to stand up and be counted to help others, though. We salute these 10 celebrities for their efforts to make the world a better place. Please share this article with others on social media to help raise awareness of eating disorders.