Ashlee Simpson (musician)
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." Simpson says she learned a lesson from the
experience and has learned to love her body."I think I have good curves, and
they're womanly," she says. "I hate it when girls lose their curves. "I think it's
sexy not to be a bone and it's sad when people get too weight-conscious and
don't look in the mirror and see themselves as being as beautiful as they are."
As an Eating Disorder expert, Dr. Jantz was interviewed by Weekly InTouch
Magazine (Sept 4, 2006, Vol.5 Issue 36, page 15) about Nicole Richie.
"Nicole could die if she doesn't stop dieting," Dr. Jantz,
an eating disorder specialist and the founder of A Place
of Hope treatment center in Seattle, tells In Touch.
"She's putting herslef in a dangerous place."
The most influential person on TV, Oprah Winfrey, who was raped at the age of
nine by her nineteen year old cousin and repeatedly sexually abused, struggled
with disordered eating. Oprah, who said about her weight "It's always a struggle.
I've felt safer and more protected when I was heavy. Food has always been
comforting." Born to unmarried parents and raised initially by a grandmother on
a Mississippi farm with no indoor plumbing, Winfrey was reading the Bible and
reciting in church by the time she was three, becoming at the age of 19
Nashville, TN's first female and first black TV-news anchor. But there was the
dark side that accompanied the precocity, the sexual abuse she suffered as a
child and an eating disorder that she seems finally to have licked (she admitted
on-air to once eating a package of hot dog buns drenched in maple syrup).
The ultra-thin actresss spoke out about her much speculated weight problem.
She said 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. After years of claiming her skinny figure was due to
being "small-boned," the actress has finally revealed grueling work schedules
and the stress of finishing the show, which was axed in 2002, made her stop
wanting to eat. Flockhart says, "At the time of all that, I was seriously stressed.
I was working 15-hour days on the set and then I was dealing with the end of
the show, which was basically my life. "I started under-eating, over-exercising,
pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system. I guess I just didn't
find time to eat.
"I am much more healthy these days."
In November 2003, Wynonna appeared on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey
Show discussing what she described as a "severe" dependency to food. In
September 2005 Wynonna made a second appearance on the show, discussing
how she has lost some weight (but not yet at her goal weight). In 2006,
Wynonna checked herself into Shades of Hope Treatment Center for food
addiction. "It was consuming a lot of my life. I mean I felt like -- I mean food to
me is what alcohol is to the alcoholic and the struggles up and down. You know
the business. One minute you're number one. The next minute you're number
zero. And I had just been using food for every emotion I had. If I was joyful,
we'd go out to eat. You know how it is when you have kids. It's all about snacks
and food and carrying it with me on the road. And, I just -- it became too much,
so I did something about it."
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.
After months of speculation about her emaciated appearance, Mary-Kate Olsen
has entered treatment for an eating disorder (anorexia). Fans and celeb
magazines expressed shock and concern at Mary-Kate's appearance April 29 at
the unveiling of the twins' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tracey Gold began her career at age four by appearing in a
Pepsi-Cola print advertisement. Tracey reveals that, ironically, the actress was
nothing like her honors student character in ABC's, Growing Pains, she was
failing her subjects in school. She was finally diagnosed with Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD), a learning disability that affects millions of Americans. But it was
just one of many "growing pains" Tracey experienced. She was also diagnosed
with anorexia nervosa and bulimia in 1990. She had almost starved herself to
death. But her family, friends and husband helped her overcome the disorders.
When she returned to acting, she starred in a dozen TV movies.
Tracey has written a book about her story titled, "Room to Grow-An Appetite for
She says teenage fame made her become a bulimic.
The former Family Ties star made a lot of rules for herself: "I
can have one more cookie if I go throw it all up later. Or I can have
this now if I skip lunch later," she said in the Nov. 9 edition of the
U.S. TV Guide.
"I'm talking mainly about doing stuff like not eating when I'm hungry. Or eating
more than I really want to and then trying to get rid of it."
Bateman said she was sure people knew. "In fact, when they'd say, 'You look
anorexic,' I'd take it as a compliment."
Princess Diana of Wales
Princess Diana struggled with an eating disorder and also admitted
that she used to self-harm herself. The following is an extract of an
interview of Princess Diana about her battle with bulimia - "I had
bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon
yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're
worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day - some do it
more - and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It's like having a pair of arms
around you, but it's temporarily, temporary. Then you're disgusted at the
bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it's a
repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to yourself." Diana also admitted in
a television interview that she intentionally cut her arms and legs and had
thrown herself down a flight of stairs on more than one occasion.
Battling Bulimia: A Live Chat with Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson),
and Kelly Brownell, PhD
One woman's struggle with bulimia -- and how she's learning to heal
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Live Events Transcript
You may know her as the voice of cartoon character Lisa Simpson, but
Yeardley Smith is now giving voice to her own lifelong struggle with
bulimia. She joined us, along with eating disorder expert, Kelly
Brownell, PhD, Director of the Yale Center for Eating Disorders, to
discuss the emotional and physical effects of bulimia.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been
reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your
health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant
for informational purposes only.
Moderator: Welcome, everyone, thank you for joining us. Yeardley, how
long have you been dealing with bulimia?
Smith: 24 years.
Moderator: How did it begin?
Smith: I started dieting when I was nine and by the age of 14, I was
completely weight and body obsessed. A friend of mine told me that if
you eat and vomit you won't gain any weight, when I was 14. I did not
take to vomiting easily or quickly. But I was determined to be as thin as
I could, and I never did really get very thin.
Moderator: Dr. Brownell, is that pretty typical?
Brownell: Yes. This is quite typical. People start off with a desire to be
thin and can easily fall into the trap of restricting their eating, then
overeating, and then throwing up, as a way of controlling their weight.
This is not generally an effective weight-control method and of course
brings many psychological consequences.
Smith: It was not a very effective way to control my weight. I was
always normal weight to about 20 pounds overweight. And yet the
Member question: You've been dealing with this for 24 years? How has it
affected your health?
Smith: I have thrown up blood. I have very sensitive teeth. But I am
extremely lucky that I never had any gastrointestinal ailments.
Moderator: Dr. Brownell, what other physical problems can bulimia
Brownell: The problems that Yeardley mentioned are quite common, and
in some people the problems can be even more severe, with the most
serious being electrolyte problems, which can lead to heart difficulties.
This does not include the psychological torment, which can include
preoccupation with eating and body image, often to the exclusion of
Smith: I have had periods of rapid heartbeat and nothing has shown up
on EKGs, but it seems pretty fishy to me.
Member question: Was it easy to hide your purging from your family? Did
they ever express concern?
Smith: Yes, it was easy; no, they never knew. One of the characteristics
of my eating disorder has been secrecy and what I would call lying by
omission. Not telling anyone that I was doing it and when asked if I was
still doing it I would say, no, if it was true that I had not done it that
day. I was dedicated to acting out my disease.
Brownell: Secrecy is very common with people with bulimia, which in
some cases allows the disease to go many years without detection. The
good news is that there are quite effective treatments available and so if
bulimics can come forward and ask for help, good help is there.
In 1997, 22-year-old ballerina Heidi Guenther collapsed and died from
complications arising from her eating disorder. Heidi was a well-known dancer
with the Boston Ballet. At 5'5" tall, Heidi weighed less than 93lbs at the time of
her death. After being told by a theatre company that at 5'5" in height and 96
lbs in weight she was too chunky, she developed an eating disorder.
Commenting on eating disorders in the dance world today, Lea Thompson
(Caroline in the City) recalls that during her days as a dancer, she was told by a
theatre company that
Victoria Beckham Posh Spice of Spice Girls has admitted for the first time that
she suffered from an eating disorder. She made the revelation in an extract from
her forthcoming autobiography, Learning To Fly, which was published in the Mail
on Sunday newspaper.
Beckham has denied that she had anorexia in the past. Beckham described her
illness and said that for a time she was "obsessed" with her appearance she was
too "stocky" to be considered.nce: MSNBC
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.
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.