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“Anorexia Almost Killed Me”
Pint size mogul Mary-Kate Olsen has stayed mum about her battle with anorexia since she was diagnosed just after her 18th birthday, but she's speaking out now and says the illness nearly killed her.

She says, "There have definitely been times in my life when I just turned to people and said, 'I'm done - this is too much for me. This is too over-whelming.’" 02/03/08

On her purported eating disorder, which she has never been quoted on:
"I think it's important that what anybody goes through — and I'm not saying that it's true or not true — you realize it's part of growing up. Everybody is going to go through hard times. It's a part of life. I think the hardest part to get to is that point of asking for help or reaching out to other people and being honest with yourself. I do not want to go through my life with my eyes shut. And I don't want to go through it with a closed mind. I want to be aware of things. And I'd rather know than not know."
The Cut from New York Fashion Shows 6/13/08

She looks even skinnier than Nicole!
"Eyes have been so glued to skeletal Nicole Richie that no one's noticed until now that Mary-Kate Olsen has dropped to 80 lbs! Now friends are worried she may be headed back to rehab!"
Star, January 8, 2007
Mary Kate Olsen

Olsen Treated for Eating Disorder
Teen star Mary-Kate Olsen has checked into a rehab clinic to seek help for a "health-related issue," according to a statement released by her spokesperson, her publicist said Tuesday, a little more than a week after her 18th birthday.

Once indistinguishable from her twin sister Ashley, the brunette Mary-Kate has been noticeably thinner in recent months, leading to speculation that she might suffer from an eating disorder.
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Mary-Kate Olsen seeks treatment for eating disorder
By César G. Soriano, USA TODAY
After months of speculation about her emaciated appearance, Mary-Kate Olsen has entered treatment for an eating disorder, her publicist said Tuesday.

Mary-Kate, one-half of the famed Olsen twins, "made a very courageous, precautionary decision," said Michael Pagnotta, the twins' longtime publicist. " Mary-Kate is taking charge in making this decision. She wants to be healthy."
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Mary-Kate Olsen Seeks Treatment for Eating Disorder
After much speculation in the tabloids recently that Mary-Kate Olsen has an eating disorder, the teen actress has entered a facility to seek treatment for the problem.

There have also been rumors that Olsen has a drug problem, rumors which her representative categorically denies. "Those rumors are false, damaging and inaccurate," Michael Pagnotta said.

Instead, Pagnotta said that Olsen, who turned 18 on June 13, was seeking professional help for a "health-related issue." Sources tell MTV News that the health-related issue in question is an eating disorder, but they didn't specify whether it's anorexia or bulimia.
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Mary-Kate Olsen & Anorexia
It is all over the national news. After a year of speculation and finger pointing, Mary-Kate Olsen of the rich and famous young actresses the Olsen Twins, has admitted to a "health disorder" which has been reported to be anorexia nervosa.

In it's most basic definition, you know that it means that Mary-Kate doesn't eat. But what really drives successful, wealthy, seemingly happy people to self-destructive types of behaviors and disorders such as anorexia?
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Mary-Kate Olsen released from anorexia treatment
Mary-Kate Olsen, the brunette half of the Olsen twins, has been released from a treatment facility after six weeks, her publicist said Monday.

"She is feeling very well and is looking forward to rejoining her family and friends and preparing for her freshman year at New York University," said spokesman Michael Pagnotta. She was released Friday night. Her blond twin sister Ashley is also planning to attend NYU in the fall.

The 18-year-old actress was reportedly battling an eating disorder.
 July 27, 2004

Mary-Kate Olsen anorexia relapse? True or not?
The rumours as "incredibly hurtful and flat-out wrong"- the Olsen twins denied the accusation regarding Mary-Kate's relapse into the eating disorder she was recently treated for.

According to the Twins' publicist, there is a professional team available to Mary-Kate on both coasts, who ongoingly monitor her eating disorder treatment so everything is on track.

"She's working very hard at staying well under intense scrutiny. For people to say she is dropping out after all she has been through is incredibly hurtful and flat-out wrong. Does Mary-Kate undergo after-care treatment? She absolutely does.

She left NYU for a leave to go to L.A. and this gave the speculation that she is dropping out.

"She will be returning to New York and to school shortly. This trip is a little bit of a head-clearing, a chance for her to refocus."
October 21, 2004

Thoughts on Mary-Kate's anorexia
This is a poll on Mary-Kate Olsen's anorexia. There has been a lot of controversy so I just wondered what everyone thought of it. Thanks for taking my poll!
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Understanding the Mary-Kate Olsen Story
Key articles to understanding the cause, condition and recovery path that is facing Mary-Kate Olsen today.
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Olsen Twins Create Internet Advice Column
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have teamed up with author Jessica Weiner to create a new advice column on their Web site.
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Healthy Mary-Kate Gives Away Her Skinny Clothes
By WENN| Thursday, December 01, 2005
Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is celebrating beating her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her.
After gaining almost 15 pounds, the socialite is convinced the eating disorder she battled for almost a year in 2004 is a thing of the past.
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December 7, 2005
Mary-Kate on Paris and Her Break Up
All eyes were on child star Mary-Kate Olsen two summers ago when the 19-year-old mini-mogul entered a treatment facility for an eating disorder. Then, just when the frail twin seemed to be getting things together, a chance meeting between friend Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate's boyfriend, Starvos Niarchos III, led to romance. Now, Mary-Kate is talking about her heartbreak and why she left school in New York in the January issue of W magazine, on stands nationwide Dec. 23.


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Christine Alt
Karen Carpenter
Catherine Colby
Heidi Guenther
Audrey Hepburn
Christy Henrich
Catherine Hickland
Barbara Hutton
Michael Krasnow
Dawn Langstroth
Joyce Maynard
Elvis Presley
Molly Jong-Fast
Gilda Radner
Cathy Rigby
Richard Simmons
Sandra Dee
Elton John

Christina Ricci - anorexia
Christ Henrich (died from her eating disorder)
Fiona Apple - anorexia
Brandy (teen singer) - diet pill abuse
Billy Bob Thornton - disordered eating
Johnny Depp (self-injury)
Lena Zavaroni (actress) - died from her eating disorder anorexia
Kate Dillon (model) - anorexia
Melanie Griffith - disordered eating
Daniel Johns (lead singer of the band Silverchair) - anorexia
Geri Halliwell (former Ginger Spice) - disordered eating
Princess Diana - anorexia and bulimia
Dolly Parton - disordered eating
Dolores O'Rirdon (lead singer of the Cranberries) - disordered eating
Oprah Winfrey - disordered eating
Helga Brathen - gymnast who died of anorexia
Janet Jackson - disordered eating

The Thinning of Women on Television
As a result of the extremely thin females frequently seen on television, many Americans feel overweight, even though they may be an average size.

Walking A Thin Line (Celebrities, mass media and eating disorders)
Many Hollywood actresses are making news with possible eating disorders. Is Tinseltown promoting body images that are impossible for humans to attain?