1. Karen Carpenter
Went on a water diet to lose weight and, as she put it, to appear more attractive. Continued to diet even after losing 20 lbs, until her death at the age of 32. She died of cardiac arrest due to anorexia and weighed only 80 lbs.
2. Paula Abdul
Dancer, choreographer and singer Paula Abdul (American Idol Judge) battled bulimia and decided to check herself in a clinic back in 1994.
3. Fiona Apple
The singer and songwriter became anorexic after being raped outside of her mother’s home at the age of twelve. She says she was not anorexic out of a desire to be thin, but as a reaction to being raped. She also admitted to having self-injurious behaviors in the past.
4. The Barbie Twins
Pinup and model sisters Sia and Shane Barbi - known as the Barbi Twins - battled anorexia and bulimia.
5. Justine Bateman
Former ‘Family Ties’ actress Justine Bateman struggled with bulimia. Justine is now an activist for recovery and speaks from time to time at eating disorder support groups about her experiences with an eating disorder.
6. Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi admitted to an eating disorder and blamed Hollywood’s pressure to stay skinny for developing a disorder.
7. Daniel Johns of Silverchair
Catapulted into the rock-‘n’-roll fast lane before he could even drive, life certainly hadn’t been what one could call “normal” for Johns. Swamped by his group’s success, apparently, he sank into a deep depression and developed an eating disorder that reduced him to a sickly shade of his former self, as he revealed to MTV News’ John Norris.
8. Calista Flockheart
Actress Calista Flockhart admitted after years of being in denial that she struggled with anorexia while filming the TV show ‘Ally Mc Beal’. “I started under-eating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system.”
9. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda: Award-winning actress Jane Fonda revealed several years ago that she had been a secret bulimic from age 12 and struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 30 years.
10. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has talked about her struggles with Bulimia at the beginning of her career in Vanity Fair magazine.
11. Tracey Gold
The Growing Pains star suffered from an eating disorder and was first diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 12. She went into treatment and recovered after only a couple of months. But at the age of 19, in 1988, she relapsed and fell back into the anorexia. Tracey eventually recovered.
12. Joan Rivers
Comedian and author Joan Rivers battled bulimia for years.
The star of Jersey Shore admitted that she had an eating disorder (anorexia) in high school. Snooki says her eating disorder stemmed out of her fear of being replaced on the cheerleading squad by thinner, younger freshmen.
14. Tara Reid
The American Pie actress Tara Reid struggled with anorexia after the breakup with fiance MTV DJ Carson Daly.
15. Meredith Viera
The former ‘The View’ co-host Meredith Vieira said that she had an eating disorder and body images issues when she was younger.
16. Richard Simmons
Fitness and diet guru Richard Simmons suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
17. Kate Winslet
The actress has admitted to struggling with eating disorders and Kate is honest and outspoken about her life-long weight problems. “My uncle is a chef. My mother is a fantastic cook. We’re all big eaters. It was kind of unavoidable.”
18. Alanis Morissette
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has admitted that she has struggled with anorexia and bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18 when she was trying to break into the music business.
19. Mary Kate Olsen
Olsen checked into an eating disorder treatment center and underwent treatment for anorexia after months of speculation and rumors about her thin appearance and denying of being anorexic. Mary-Kate celebrated beating her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her.
20. Nicole Richie
Never admitted to having an eating disorder but suffered from a broken heart after her engagement to DJ AM was called off, which she blamed for her emaciated figure.
21. Sharon Osbourne
Admitted suffering from Bulimia for over 35 years.
22. Geri Halliwell
Publicly admitted suffering from bulimia and binge eating for several years.
23. Wynonna Judd
Struggled with emotional eating and is on her journey towards healthy eating. “It’s not about size, I’ll let that take care of itself. The work I’m doing is inside.”
24. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah, who said about her weight, “It’s always a struggle. I’ve felt safer and more protected when I was heavy. Food has always been comforting.”
25. Isabella Caro
The French model died late last year due to the complications of anorexia at the age of 28.
26. Candace Cameron Bure
Actress from the TV hit Full House revealed that she struggled with Bulimia.
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