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In 2011, the singer discussed her struggles on her iVillage.com blog. There are often traumas and abuses/neglect that are begging to be healed. Fat can be a way to protect ourselves and survive, a way to control something in a world where everything feels out of control, and a way to stave off profound fear of feeling our feelings....
Brazil model Ana Carolina Reston, who weighed only 88 pounds, dies at 21 because of generalized infection as a result of anorexia.
"Take care for your children because their loss is irreparable," Reston's mother, Miriam, told the O Globo newspaper. "Nothing can make the pain go away. No money in the world is worth the life of your child."
The model's cousin, Dani Grimaldi, told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that Reston also battled bulimia.
It is always heartbreaking to me when somebody dies as the result of not getting treatment for an eating disorder. Especially, at the young age of 21. This is also why I am strongly against pro-ana websites. Those who promote pro-anorexia do not understand how serious anorexia can be. It is an eating disorder that needs to be taken serious.
If you know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder, I want you to know there is hope if you get them help in time. If you would like more information on how you can help someone you suspect, or you know, has an eating disorder, click here for Special Reports on helping others.
Singer 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."
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. "
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."
The Barbi Twins
Though they bared their bodies in Playboy, pinups Sia and Shane Barbi said models are not to blame for society's obsession with personal image; they, like many women, are victims of an over-emphasis on a waif-like physique. The sisters, known as the Barbi Twins, spoke on campus Tuesday night about their battle with bulimia and anorexia as part of Body Image Awareness Week.
The ultra-thin actress poke out about her much speculated weight problem. Shes aid she doesn't pay attention to all the gossip that she's anorexic. She denied rumors that she has an eating disorder. However. later she admitted to having an eating disorder.
As a top fashion model, Carre Otis made her living on looking thin and beautiful. But now she is sharing the ugly truth about the weight-loss strategies she subjected herself to and the dire health consequences that resulted.
"I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling," Otis says. "My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight."
In the 1968 Summer Olympics at Mexico City, a blond, pigtailed 15-year-old girl earned the highest U.S. scores in gymnastics. She captured the hearts of millions of people around the world and changed the course of women's gymnastics in the United States. That teenage athlete was Cathy Rigby, the first American woman to win a medal in World Gymnastics competition. She holds 12 international medals, eight of which are gold. While Cathy excelled in the Olympics, she also suffered from an eating disorder.
Singer, Songwriter, and Publisher, tours the country speaking publicly about her experiences with eating disorders, how she overcame them, and what led her to create the fiction novel "Humanville".
Johns has admitted he was close to suicide a number of times as he battled the eating disorder in his late teens. It is the first time the singer has spoken at length about his anorexia, a problem which is affecting increasing numbers of teenage boys in Australia
He's a much loved rock'n'roller who's married to one of the world's most beautiful women. But singer Daniel Johns has finally revealed the horror behind his teenage anorexia - a condition which nearly left him dead.
Many Spice Girls fans may have not known it at the time, but Ginger Spice was dealing with bulimia. It's not really about food or the body shape. It's just a way of dealing or coping with life...I really feel that what's helped me is talking about it with other people who share the same addiction, she explained in 2003.
The Sopranos beauty opened up to CNN in 2005 about her fight with bulimia. Knowing that I was able to overcome it and be healthy and happy again is amazing. The actress is now a spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorders Association.
Jason Bateman's older sister never seemed to keep her struggles a secret, but she did go on to detail her experience to Entertainment Weekly in 1996. I realized I was an anorexic, a bulimic, and a compulsive overeater, she said. I needed a concept of God that worked for me, and I wound up giving my life to Jesus Christ. During the worst of it, the Family Ties actress signed up for a 12-step program.
She 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. The death of Karen Carpenter brought awareness to eating disorders and its affect on celebrities.
Nicole Snooki Polizzi
Snooki's eating problems didn't surface until her Jersey Shore costar Mike The Situation Sorrentino said that she basically had enough rolls already...while she was about to eat a roll at dinner. She later told The Insider that she wouldn't eat all that much in high school. I would only have lunch, and I would only have salads. It got so crazy that I would only eat a cracker or a cucumber a day and I would feel full.
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.