Singer and songwriter Fiona Apple became anorexic after being raped outside of her mother’s home at the age of twelve. She says she was not anorexic out of a desire to be thin, but as a reaction to being raped. She also admitted to having self-injurious behaviors in the past.
Actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) battled both bulimia and anorexia from her teens into her 20s. The bulimia evolved into anorexia. Huffman’s weight dropped to 98 pounds, and her periods stopped.
With her family growing increasingly concerned, she sought the help of a therapist. At that time, she viewed herself — as she told the world in her Emmy acceptance speech — as “a chunky 22-year-old with really big pink glasses and a bad perm.” (USA Today)
Elvis suffered with bipolar disorder, which is a more technical name for manic depression. Elvis’ substance abuse, eating disorders, and chronic depression should be placed in the larger context of a personality disorder. We think that this will shed new light on the issue of Elvis’ death and will take it out of the narrow context of suspected overdose and addiction to the larger and more fundamental issues of Elvis’ childhood, family history, the cultural influences of the times in which he lived and other factors which contributed to a possible personality disorder.
(Birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight)
Elton John attended the Royal Academy of Music from 1958 to 1964 on a piano scholarship at age 11. He dropped out just before final exams to pursue show business. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He was married in 1984 to Renate Blauel who was a sound engineer. They divorced 4 years later, In 1990 he entered rehabilitation for drugs, alcohol and bulimia. In recovery, he lost weight and underwent hair replacement. He afterward decided to not fight his emotions and took a male lover. He was good friends with legend John Lennon and was Godson to Sean Ono Lennon, son of John and Yoko. In 1997 he was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and he re-wrote and sang “Candle in the Wind” as a tribute to his friend Princess Lady Diana at her funeral.
Actress Elisa Donovan (Sabrina – The Teenage Witch, Clueless) suffered from an an eating disorder in the past. She also plays fashion victim Amber in the TV series Clueless, crossed over the line in 1992 to battle anorexia, an eating disorder marked by an intense fear of gaining weight or getting fat. “At first, I’d eat no fat,” Elisa says. “Then, I’d just eat breakfast–cereal and toast–and not eat again until night.” Within a couple of years, the 5-ft, 6-in. actress weighed only 90 pounds.
Demi Lovato recently wrote a blog to reach out to people struggling with eating disorders, Hollywood news has learned. And her most important piece of advice is: “speak up and seek professional help.”
Fresh from waging war against the Disney Channel for making a joke about eating disorders in one of its shows, Demi came out with a blog on Seventeen magazine’s website entitled “My Battle With Eating Disorders,” in which she talks about her own struggles with the disease and offers sound advice to others who are going through it as well.