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‘JAG’ actress Catherine Bell struggled with an eating disorder in the past. “About 10 years ago, at the end of a four-month modeling tour in Japan, I became really depressed,” she says. “I started eating way too much and got into that whole ugly eating disorder thing.” She gained about 20 pounds, but Bell says the support of family and friends, “plus a return to nutritional eating habits and regular exercise,” enabled her to lose the excess weight. The results of her struggle stand as testimony for what good food and the right exercise can do. “I’m about 128 pounds,” says Bell. “And that’s OK with me.”

While winning this physical and dramatic role has definitely been a boost to her acting career, Bell is not a novice to the cameras. She began modeling at the age of 16, but does not have happy memories of her time on the runway. “About 10 years ago, at the end of a four-month modeling tour in Japan, I became really depressed,” she says. “I started eating way too much and got into that whole ugly eating disorder thing.” She gained about 20 pounds, but Bell says the support of family and friends, “plus a return to nutritional eating habits and regular exercise,” enabled her to lose the excess weight. The results of her struggle stand as testimony for what good food and the right exercise can do. “I’m about 128 pounds,” says Bell. “And that’s OK with me.”
Nutritional staples in Bell’s food regimen now include vegetable juice and egg white omelets for breakfast, and chicken, fish or lean beef for lunch and dinner. “I will reach for the occasional bag of Doritos, chocolate or cookies, but most of the time it’s carrots or an apple instead,” says Bell. “Diets don’t work for me—moderation is the key.” When asked about guilty pleasures, the actress responds, “Mashed potatoes and gravy. I could eat a whole plate of that.”