Lady Gaga & 11 Other Celebrities Who Struggled With Eating Disorders
September 27th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
In response to growing criticism about her weight, Lady Gaga posted an image of herself in underwear this week, tweeting, "join A BODY REVOLUTION." The photo had the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15."
She is just one of many celebrities who has opened up about her struggles with weight and body image. Several celebrities blame the pressures of fame for their problem, while others worried how they'd look on the red carpet.
Tracey Gold battled anorexia while starring in "Growing Pains" in the 1980s. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her disease, and last year hosted a reality show about eating disorders.
Singer/actress Demi Lovato quit her tour with the Jonas Brothers in late 2010 to check into a clinic in Illinois to receive treatment for problems including bulimia and self-harming. She told Katie Couric in September 2012, "I remember being three years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach, like I remember thinking in my head, 'I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?'"
During a discussion with Demi Lovato about eating disorders, Katie Couric disclosed she battled bulimia all through college and two years afterwards.
"Brady Bunch" actress Maureen McCormick admitted in 2007 that she secretly battled cocaine abuse and an eating disorder at the height of her fame. She told People magazine she gorged on ice cream and didn't gain weight because she threw everything up. She said, "It seemed ideal. Once I started, it was hard to stop."
In 2010, Portia De Rossi detailed in her memoir "Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain" harrowing details about her battle with anorexia and bulimia. The struggle intensified when she joined the cast of "Ally McBeal" in 1998. She felt pressured to be sexy and thin while she was hiding the fact that she was a lesbian. At one point, she weighed just 82 pounds.
R&B singer Brandy admitted in 2010 that when she was a teenager she "stopped" eating in order to slim down. She released her first album at age 15 and followed a drastic diet in order to shed weight.
Former "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman became severely bulimic as a teenager. She told USA Today in 2005: "As an actress, I was never thin enough, never pretty enough. My boobs weren't big enough. I was throwing up all the time, figuring out what foods you can throw up and what foods you can't. You sort of top off at throwing up about six times a day because your body just can't take it any more."
"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale told Cosmopolitan that back in 2007 she would "go days without eating" and then go to the gym for three hours. She added, "I knew I had a problem. It was a gradual process but I changed myself."
At her lowest point, Brittany Snow weighed just 85 pounds. She told MTVu.com in 2007: "When I was about 15 my lowest weight was 85 pounds... My hair was falling out, but I was more scared that 85 pounds wasn't good enough." She added, "My rock bottom came when I started cutting a lot." She checked into rehab at 19.
In 2005, Ashlee Simpson told Cosmpolitan she had an eating disorder while she was training to become a ballerina. She explained, "I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself. It was about six months of not eating too much at all. I was 11 and five feet two and about 70 pounds... My parents stepped in and made me eat. That really helped a lot."
Dennis Quaid revealed he suffered "manorexia" after shedding 40 pounds to play Doc Holliday in western Wyatt Earp in 1994. He told Men's Health Best Life magazine in 2006, "For many years I was obsessed about what I was eating, how many calories it had and how much exercise I'd have to do. (At one point) my arms were so skinny that I couldn't pull myself out of a pool. I'd look in the mirror and still see a 180-pound guy, even though I was 138 pounds. I wasn't bulimic but I can understand what people go through with that."
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