6 Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Eating Disorders


Oct 28, 2015

6 Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Eating Disorders

It's no secret that women in Hollywood are under an enormous amount of pressure.

From fulfilling high-profile jobs to being in the constant eye of the paparazzi, it's no wonder why many of them are so concerned about their appearances on and off the screen.

This hyper awareness of both body and beauty image on a daily basis can oftentimes lead to self-destructive habits and illnesses, like eating disorders.  

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the major causes of eating disorders is society.

"Peer pressure and what people see in the media may fuel this desire to be thing," the website states. 

And while it's not easy to admit having an eating disorder — especially to a large public audience — it's important to spread awareness and empower others in similar situations that it's okay to seek help when you need it.

Check out the gallery above to learn more about six famous women who you may have never known battled an eating disorder at one point.

For more information on how to find help and support regarding eating disorders, click here.

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Demi Lovato | Singer and actress Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight recently advocating support for mental health and body acceptance. Lovato is using her fame to open up to fans about her bipolar diagnosis in addition to her past struggles with bulimia. "I realized I'd rather be strong and happy than be what society thinks is thin and perfect and be miserable," she said in Fitness magazine. Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz via Getty Images
Jane Fonda | Activist and actress Jane Fonda was one of the first women to openly speak out about her experience with eating disorders and raise awareness about anorexia and bulimia. Since the age of 12, Fonda struggled with bulimia, which she experienced in cycles for 30 years.  Photo Credit: JB Lacroix via Getty Images
Lady Gaga | Lady Gaga revealed to her fans that she suffered from bulimia and anorexia since she was 15. "It's really hard, but ... you've got to talk to somebody about it," she said. Photo Credit: Jim Spellman via Getty Images
Victoria Beckham | Victoria Beckham was under intense scrutiny during her pop-stardom phase as a member of the popular girl group, Spice Girls. In her 2001 released autobiography, "Learning to Fly," Beckham wrote about her past dieting obsession for the first time, revealing her destructive habits and thoughts.   Photo Credit: Taylor Hill via Getty Images
Katie Couric | TV host and journalist Katie Couric opened up about her battle with bulimia when she was a college student. She told MORE Magazine, "I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that ... And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that's wrong, you're full of self-loathing, and then you punish yourself." Photo Credit: Rommel Demano via Getty Images
Oprah Winfrey | In previous years, media mogul Oprah Winfrey has spoken candidly about her struggle with binge eating, noting that it was often connected to her emotions. "It's always a struggle. I've felt safer and more protected when I was heavy. Food has always been comforting." Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas via Getty Images

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