with Eating Disorders
Actress model, (sister of Mariel) suffered with bulimia. In a 1992 therapy session, model and actress Margaux Hemingway had a conversation with herself. "Why don't you let your guard down and let somebody help you?" she asked. And then gave the answer: "Because I don't know how to do it, and it hurts so much. Because there's so much inside, and...sometimes I'm afraid that it's so full that it might kill me." It is sad but not entirely surprising that Hemingway, constantly seeking to revive her career, allowed this anguished session to be taped for a BBC triumph-over-adversity program called Fighting Back. Hemingway had been invited to talk about her successful battle with bulimia. But the eating disorder was only one of many afflictions that she suffered--and it was far too soon to declare victory over her demons. Last week Hemingway's decomposed body was found in her one-room Santa Monica, California, apartment. There were no signs of foul play. Many wondered whether she had taken her own life, since her famous family has been plagued with suicides. Indeed, she died just before the 35th anniversary of the day that her grandfather Ernest put a shotgun to his head. The author's brother, sister and father also died by their own hand.
Beauty pageant winner and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, the first contemporary international Latina superstar, recently began speaking out about her struggle with bulimia. Struggling with the condition for nearly a decade, resulting in damage to her esophagus and her teeth, she eventually sought help for the self-destructive syndrome. With the help of a balanced diet, exercise, and a physician specializing in eating disorders, Maria has learned to control her condition. She also shares her story with audiences across the country in hopes of helping the millions of people afflicted with eating disorders.
Mariah's Eating Disorder?
After a period of relative normality, it's good to see communications between Earth and Planet Mariah functioning again, and as bonkers as ever. The latest peep into Carey world centers on Mariah's dietary requirements, which seem surprisingly normal... for an 18 month-old baby. So we skip past Mariah telling Marie Claire about her "up and down" weight, straight to the bit where she admits to using a bib when she's eating in bed.She said: "I am just like, 'Whatever, nobody is looking at me for once!' That's why I don't really like to eat in public. When people say, 'Mariah never eats in public,' I'm like, 'You're right.'" And y'know, diamond-encrusted bibs are like, soooo '80s!
Actress Mariel Hemingway (granddaughter of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway) was born into a troubled family. She was growing up under the shadow of her grandfather's suicide, and years later also Mariel's middle sister Margaux committed suicide. Mariel Hemingway had a turbulent life and also struggled with a severe eating disorder. In her book "Finding My Balance: a Memoir with Yoga", Mariel taks about her life, childhood and family relationships, early success and fame, personal battles with her own inner demons, and how yoga and motherhood helped her reconnect with herself and become centered.
After much scrutiny from the media on her skinny frame, the Olsen twin decided to admit herself into an undisclosed facility just before her 18th birthday. "This is a challenge that Mary-Kate has made a decision to face," said her rep Michael Pagnotta at the time to People. "This is a challenge she will meet."
Actress (The Waltons) struggled with an eating disorder.
Perhaps best known as the picture-perfect Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick battled bulimia and a drug addiction for more than a decade after “The Brady Bunch” ended. Although she did not enter a formal rehab program, Maureen credits therapy and her religious faith in helping her overcome her destructive behavior.
inger Melanie Chisholm (Melanie C - former Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering from an eating disorder and depression. Throughout the time she was in the "Spice Girls", Melanie alternated between starving herself and excessive exercise. "My mum assumed my tiny body was a result of being busy with the band and working out regularly."
Former 'The View' co-host Meredith Vieira said that she had an eating disorder and body images issues when she was younger. Meredith now has a yearlong series called 'Meredith's Club' which designed to help educate children on healthy eating and the importance of exercise. Being an overweight child is an experience that Vieira herself relates to more than you know. The six-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, recalling her childhood, was once "10 to 20 pounds overweight" and dieted drastically one summer in a desperate attempt to lose weight. "Between 10 and 13, I really struggled with my weight," Vieira says. "I did exactly what you shouldn't do which is I stopped eating. I spent a summer drinking Tab and only eating apples and Ritz crackers. I lost a lot of weight and almost became anorexic. And then for some reason, I just stopped." Vieira was lucky. Many kids who diet so drastically develop eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia. "I had an eating disorder then, and I have one now in the sense that I never really developed a healthy relationship with food," Vieira says. "I'm always fearful. I'm not a yo-yo dieter. I don't go up and down 20 or 30 pounds. But I had a problem with body image, and I didn't want my kids to have that."
Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, has had major issues with overeating and has been in recovery for some time now. In the deep south where an all-you-can-eat buffet is your divine right, Governor Huckabee has been through many weight-loss programs with short-term and limited results. After being warned about diabetes his doctor had a serious talk to him about a lifestyle change. After former friend and colleague, former governor Frank White died of a massive heart attack Huckabee decided he had better wise up. Today Governor Mike is, and has been, on a tailored designed program.
Molly Jong-Fast, is a writer and the daughter of author, Erica Jong.
"My eating disorder is all about being a drug addict and an alcoholic. So the only times I’ve really been hot on my eating disorder have been when I’m sober." Molly’s story, which comes first in the book, is a terrific read—funny, outrageous, smart, wistful and courageous. Here are some samples: "I never thought that I would have an apartment, a co-op, or a child. Those were never the things I wanted. I wanted to live over someone’s garage and shoot heroin." "Having gone through the anorexia and bulimia, I do have a sensitivity about these hidden shame filled disorders. I feel now that my job being sober, as long as I am abstinent, is to be a good influence."