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Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi suffered from an eating disorder when she was younger. Kara said she would binge eat instead of dealing with emotions. After seeking professional help, the singer-songwriter said that music helped her express her emotions in a healthier way.
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.
Actress Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor) struggled with an eating disorder during her teen years, before she decided to start acting. She has frankly spoken in interviews about her eating problem. Thanks to the support of her family and therapy Kate was able to recover from anorexia. "People keep asking me about it but I don't want to be famous for being a former anorexic."
Beckinsale has upset many parents of teens afflicted with anorexia even though the actress is a former anorexic herself.Beckinsale said she thought the disorder was caused by an unhealthy home life and compared "anorexia, alcoholism and drug abuse in teens" to "crack whores".
Kate Bosworth is a talented, beautiful, dynamic, and thin celebrity. As in super-thin. As in anorexic. How dramatically sad to see a young actress with naturally beautiful features take her body from a toned, amazing physique (as pictured then in 2002) to a skeletal one (pictured today). Kate's clavicle protrudes her chest caves in - she is emaciated.
It is painful to see Kate Bosworth, an incredibly talented actress, move across the movie theater screen, looking larger than life, yet too fragile to appear, (as she plays in Superman) the mother of a four-ear-old boy. Kate's size makes her appear childlike, not maternal - after all, the only people I know in real life who weigh as little as the 23-year-old movie star are under the age of twelve! Reports have it that the 5'7" skinny is just shy of 100 pounds.
Model Kate Dillon struggled with anorexia for seven years while working as a top print and runway model. Even though she was underweight, she was told by photographers to lose some more weight. She quit modeling for a while and worked on her body image and recovery. Kate now works as "plus-size" model and is a spokesperson for an eating disorder organization. "I weigh myself every week to make sure I'm not losing any weight. I love my body." ... "I've done better as a 'big' girl than most 'skinny' girls do as skinny models, so it's been amazing. But what’s more amazing is that I did it on my own terms."
British actress Kate Winslet (Titanic, Sense and Sensibility) 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." In high school, she was a bit heavier and classmates called her "Blubber." The criticisms led to depression and eating disorders. Today, Kate Winslet is healthy, she loves her body and her curves and refuses to play the 'super-skinny game'. "I'm happy with the way I am. I'm not like American film stars. I'm naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump it. People think that if a woman isn't rail-thin, then there must be something wrong with her - it's such nonsense."
Winslet speaks against anorexia
Singer Katharine McPhee, American Idol runner-up, struggled with bulimia while auditioning for American Idol in San Francisco in August 2005. She suffered from an eating disorder for 6 years, since she was 17 years old. After her audition was successful, Katharine decided to get help. "My bulimia was really getting out of control."
She enrolled at Los Angeles's Eating Disorder Center of California, where she spent three months undergoing group and individual therapy six days a week. Katharine says today that American Idol has saved her life. She believes that if she didn't audition for the show, she would probably still struggle. Katharine has learned that there is no "bad" food - you can have everything as long as you watch how much you eat.
Katharine McPhee appears on the cover of January’s “Shape” magazine. The article consists of a quick photo scan and a little bit about how she learned to live bulimia- free.As many of you know, Katharine suffered from bulimia and food issues for years. She does claim to be over it now.
Katharine McPhee took the stage in her quest to become the next "American Idol" as she went up against eventual winner Taylor Hicks in the finale.
Shortly after the show, Katharine hinted to Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell that she had dealt with body issues.
It turns out the problem was bigger than she would admit.
Just months before dazzling America with her vocal chords, Katharine was literally destroying them by purging, according to People magazine.
Katharine hasn't binged since two weeks before entering the eating disorder program, yet she still managed to drop 30 pounds throughout the "Idol" process.
"You start doing something you love doing and the weight just started falling off me. I was still eating," McPhee said. "It was a really amazing thing that happened with me and my body has just been kind of falling to its natural state and I don't know if it's finished going where it want, but it's doing its thing."
A healthy and happy looking Katharine graces the cover of June 30th's Teen People and she said she likes her new role as an idol to young girls.
Katie Couric admits she battled with bulimia in her early 20s on a TV special about eating disorders.
Couric, 55, suffered from bulimia between the ages of 18 and 24, while she was at the University of Virginia, and as she started her TV career at the ABC News bureau in DC.
British actress Keira Knightley on Tuesday denied rumors she was suffering from the eating disorder anorexia. Speaking a day after showing off her rail thin figure in a low-cut, backless bronze Gucci dress she wore at the London premiere of her latest film prompted questions about her weight, she added that she had a family history of the illness. "It was really weird, they said that to me yesterday," the 21-year-old told a news conference, referring to the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in which she stars alongside Johnny Depp.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of females suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime.
Actress Kellie Martin developed anorexia when she was cast in "Life Goes On". Actress Tracey Gold (who also struggled with an eating disorder in the past) convinced her to seek help.
American Idol's first winner Kelly Clarkson said that she contended with bulimia briefly during her high school years.
After being passed up for a role in a high school musical, Kelly said she began obsessing over her body image. To lose weight, she starting throwing up after meals. This behavior lasted for months until a friend caught her in the act.
"One of my guy friends caught on to it, and I just felt so ashamed and embarrassed," she told Cosmo magazine in a 2007 interview. "I literally went cold turkey and snapped out of it."
Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund has made it her mission to raise awareness of eating disorders after her own struggle with anorexia as a teen.
Active in ballet, Kirsten began dieting at age 12 to fit the stick-thin ideal for dancers. As her obsession with becoming thin grew, her dieting become more and more extreme, resulting in a dramatic weight loss. After being officially diagnosed with an eating disorder at the age of 15 and learning that it could lead to health problems such as heart failure, Kirsten decided to turn her life around.
"So I made the choice that I wanted to get better and I wanted to accept help, and so I did. It was a long process to get physically healthy and stay mentally and emotionally healthy," said Kirsten.
In 2008, she became the first Miss America to make eating disorder awareness her platform and even launched the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, which provides financial assistance to eating disorder sufferers seeking treatment.
Wed, 23 May 2007 at 5:08 pm
Kirsten Dunst paid a mystery visit to a doctor’s office in London on Tuesday. According to the signs on the door, she either saw a general practitioner, a speech and language consultant or a doctor. Many speculate that she has a eating disorder like many celebraties under the pressure of the Hollywood lifestyle.