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Barbara Niven

Barbara Niven

Actress Barbara Niven is beautiful, blond, and brave – brave enough to go public about her bulimia. “By sharing my experiences I hope that others who may still be hiding their problem may take their first steps toward recovery,” says the star of the syndicated TV hit Pensacola: Wings of Gold. “Bulimia is a hidden disease. To fight it, first you have to recognize you have it. Then you need to start talking about.” Like many women (and men too), I have been battling eating disorders and self image problems most of my life, starting at age 15. I did it all: anorexia, bulimia, binging, over-exercise. But no matter how much weight I lost I could never look “skinny”. It’s not my body type! So I always felt disgusting and like a failure. I hated myself Barbara Nivenand my body, but always tried to hide how I felt behind a smile. It was my secret shame.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Actress Audrey Hepburn struggled with anorexia and depression – which was unknown to the public during her career. She was known to lose weight under pressure and to be “strange” about food. Rumor has it that current actresses are being “harassed” by the media who points to Audrey as an example of a thin woman without an eating disorder, but that was NOT the case!

Ashley Hamilton

Ashley Hamilton

Actor Ashley Hamilton 38, son actor of George Hamilton and Iron Man 3 star has acknowledged that he has suffered for years from bulimia and anorexia. Ashley has also suffered from years of alcohol and drug addiction, which later he discovered was a precursor and reason for his drug and alcohol addiction.   While he is on the road to recovery Ashley says it is still a struggle. “

Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson

Sister of singer and actress Jessica Simpson has publicly admitted that she battled with an eating disorder during her pre-teen years. “I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders.”  Simpson says she learned a lesson from the experience and has learned to love her body.”I think I have good curves, and they’re womanly,” she says. “I hate it when girls lose their curves. “I think it’s sexy not to be a bone and it’s sad when people get too weight-conscious and don’t look in the mirror and see themselves as being as beautiful as they are.”

Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton

American poet Anne Sexton (1928-1974), who was sexually abused in childhood and committed suicide at the age of 46, suffered from anorexia and depression. Anne Sexton spent years locked in a depression, attempting suicide nine times before she succeeded. She managed to put words to feelings no one else could explain in her poetry.

Dawn Langstroth

Dawn Langstroth

For years, people have associated Anne Murray with her satin voice and hit songs. But last week in People magazine, Anne revealed a surprising side of herself — one that eight million families can identify with. Anne’s daughter is recovering from anorexia nervosa.

Though Anne had noticed some eating problems while Dawn was growing up, she attributed them to typical teenage behavior. Even when Dawn’s eating habits became more unusual, it was difficult to pin down their source. “I didn’t know what to do,” Anne confessed. “She would say, ‘I’m fine.’ She would eat while I was at home. She always put on a good face, but inside she was dying. She’s a great actress.” — Oprah interview

Anna Freud

Anna Freud

(Sigmund Freud’s daughter), who was also a psychotherapist, documented that she struggled with anorexia when she was younger. Anna did not have a very close bond with her mother and had difficulties getting along with her siblings, specifically with her sister Sophie Freud. Sophie, who was the prettiest child, represented a threat in the struggle for the affection of their father. Apart from this rivalry between the two sisters, Anna had some other difficulties growing up. Out of correspondence between father and daughter, it can be concluded today that Anna suffered from a depression which caused eating disorders.

Andrea Marcovicci

Andrea Marcovicci

Andrea Marcovicci is a cabaret singer. “I do have a history with anorexia. I had a history with almost every kind of single trouble that you can have in a woman’s life. I am quite surprised I am still here, because of the difficulties that I have had to undergo and overcome. My two or so years with anorexia was like going deaf and blind, arguably the worst time in my life, and it basically sprang out of nowhere. People don’t have much sympathy for it, they think it is related to some sort of vanity.”

Andrea Gruber

Andrea Gruber

Metropolitan opera star Andrea Gruber is svelte and sober after decades of disordered eating and substance abuse because she didn’t want a huge sick body anymore after her experience at a New York firehouse during the 9/11 attack on America.

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

U.S. swimmer and seven-time Olympic medal winner Amanda Beard recently revealed her 12-year private struggle with eating disorders and self-mutilation.

“I did a good job of putting on a front: ‘Life is perfect. Everything’s fun.’ When I’d go home, it was just darkness,” Amanda told People magazine.

Amanda said her problems with food came to a head following a growth spurt during her teenage years. Gaining 25 pounds and growing eight inches in a short period time disoriented Amanda, negatively affecting her performance in swim competitions and prompting commentators to call her fat and washed up. Amanda turned to extreme dieting as a means of gaining control over her developing body and swim career and self-harm to combat feelings of depression.

At the urging of her now-husband Sasha Brown, Amanda sought help for her eating disorder and self-mutilation. Through therapy and depression medication, Amanda gained a healthier perspective on life.

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