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Famous Faces of Eating Disorders

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  • Famous Faces of Eating Disorders

    Famous Faces of Eating Disorders

    Anybody can be affected by an eating disorder, from adolescent girls to middle aged men. Around 30 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, and celebrities are no exception. Keep reading to learn about celebrities who have spoken up to let those with eating disorders know they’re not alone and to encourage others to seek help.

  • Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato has become an unofficial spokesperson for young women with eating disorders since being treated for bulimia and anorexia in 2010. The outspoken role model is focusing on her overall health and fitness as part of her recovery process. She also uses her fitness routine to help manage her bipolar disorder.

  • Paula Abdul

    Paula Abdul

    When Paula Abdul began dancing at age 7, she began to feel insecure about her muscular frame. She began binging, purging, and over-exercising. She finally checked herself into a mental health clinic in 1994. She still relies on the help of nutritionists and therapists. Paula has worked with the National Eating Disorder Association to encourage young women to seek help.

  • Russell Brand

    Russell Brand

    Russell Brand might be better known for his outrageous statements, but the actor and comedian has spoken about his struggles with bulimia and substance abuse as a teenager. Eating disorders are more commonly found in women than in men, but around 10 million men are thought to have eating disorders in the United States alone. Russell now talks about his sobriety and veganism and has helped raise money for recovery programs for drug addiction.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

    In 2012, Lady Gaga revealed that she has struggled with anorexia and bulimia since the age of 15 on her site Little Monsters. She posted about her cycles of weight gain and loss and shared photos. Her Born This Way Foundation helps connects youth with resources to help with body image, bullying, drug and alcohol issues, and more. The nonprofit exists to let struggling teens know that they’re not alone and to help create a more compassionate world.

  • Alanis Morissette

    Alanis Morissette

    Singer Alanis Morissette struggled with anorexia when she was first trying to break into the music industry. She faced extreme pressure as a young woman in the public eye. Alanis overcame her eating disorder by seeing a therapist and now talks about her practice of mindfulness. She does yoga, journals, and meditates in order to lead a balanced lifestyle.

  • Jordan Younger

    Jordan Younger

    Popular blogger and Instagrammer Jordan Younger, also known as The Balanced Blonde, opened up in 2015 about her struggles with maintaining balance as a vegan. This type of eating disorder has a name: orthorexia. Orthorexia reflects a pattern of disordered eating with a focus on foods we may think of as healthy and “pure.” Orthorexia isn’t currently recognized as a clinical disorder by psychologists, but this type of disordered eating is increasingly common.

    Jordan changed the name of her blog and Instagram account from The Blonde Vegan to The Balanced Blonde to reflect her new pursuit of balance. She has also published a book and posts regularly about her ongoing recovery. 

  • Diana, Princess of Wales

    Diana, Princess of Wales

    Princess Diana spoke publicly about her issues with bulimia and self-mutilation in 1994. Her brave speech regarding her eating disorder and personal struggles gave courage to many people to start talking about their own eating disorders. Princess Diana fought to increase understanding about bulimia and helped bring public awareness to eating disorders.

  • Elton John

    Elton John

    Elton John has had a tumultuous history of alcoholism, drug abuse, and bulimia. He underwent a treatment program for drug addiction and bulimia. He has also spoken about how much it helped to know that his close friend Princess Diana struggled with bulimia as well. Since then, he has embraced his body, sexual identity, and life. He now focuses his attention on his family and humanitarian work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 

  • Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda was one of the first famous women to speak openly about eating disorders. She revealed that she had struggled with bulimia since age 12, with cycles of binging, purging, and restricting. She has campaigned to raise awareness about anorexia and bulimia. By speaking openly about her 30-year battle with eating disorders, she has become a role model for women of all ages.

  • Seeking Help

    Seeking Help

    Eating disorders weren’t always so openly addressed, but thanks to many of these vocal celebrities, they are increasingly discussed and better understood. It’s important to seek help if you or someone you know may be struggling. Recognizing the disorder is the first step in seeking help

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