70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders People

70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders

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List Criteria: Celebrities who have struggled with bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and other abnormal eating habits

List of famous people with eating disorders, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Eating disorders are conditions that involve abnormal eating habits that range from eating very little to eating an excessive amount of food. The most common eating disorders are bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia involves eating an excessive amount of food and then vomiting to rid oneself of the food. Anorexia involves an individual restricting their food intake.

Who is the most famous person who has had an eating disorder? Jessica Alba tops our list. In an interview with Glamour, Alba states, "A lot of girls have eating disorders, and I did too - I got obsessed with it." Actress Kate Beckinsale is a former anorexic. She doesn't blame the media for pressuring girls into eating disorders and instead claims that issues with food are more about what is going on in the home. Other actresses who have struggled with eating disorders include Kate Winslet, Christina Ricci and Jane Fonda.

Musicians have also struggled with eating disorders. “Criminal” singer Fiona Apple turned to anorexia as an emotion response to being raped. Silverchair front man Daniel Johns said that his struggle with anorexia was a result of his life spinning out of control at the height of his band's success.

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  1. Ashley Rickards, the star of MTV's Awkward, first opened up publicly about her struggle with eating disorders in 2015. In her new book, called A Real Guide to Getting It Together Once and For All, the actress confessed that she had been dealing with disordered eating since the age of 7. A health scare after a major purge on the set of her show scared her into eventually asking for help. She said that she has found her way to health living through exercises like Bikram yoga and kickboxing.
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: USA, Sarasota, Florida
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Awkward, Gamer, A Haunted House 2, Struck by Lightning, Sassy Pants, + more
  2. Actress Kate Beckinsale struggled with an eating disorder during her teens.  Beckinsale said of her anorexia, "People keep asking me about it, but I don't want to be famous for being a former anorexic."
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Pearl Harbor, Underworld, The Aviator, Van Helsing, Underworld: Evolution, + more
  3. The most famous woman of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey has suffered from disordered eating her entire life. Oprah has said that her weight has always been a struggle, and she feels safest when she is heavier.
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: USA, Kosciusko, Mississippi
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
  4. "My Name is Earl" star Jaime Pressly struggled with bulimia as a young model.  She said a good friend knocked the door down to the bathroom when she was purging and told her "you will not do this."  That moment put Pressly on the road to recovery.
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor
    • Credits: My Name Is Earl, Can't Hardly Wait, Not Another Teen Movie, Raising Hope, I Love You, + more
  5. Elton John has struggled with bulimia as when he was "chewing and spitting" rather than consuming his food. The superstar has also had a very public struggle with drug abuse.
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Dog Day Afternoon, Brüno, Lethal Weapon 3, The Road to El Dorado, Tommy, + more
  6. Actress Jessica Alba has struggled with anorexia in her past. In an interview with Glamour magazine, she said, "A lot of girls have eating disorders, and I did too - I got obsessed with it."
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Sin City, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, Knocked Up, Valentine's Day, + more
  7. Katie Couric struggled with bulimia in her college years.  She described the disorder as "so damaging, both psychically and physically."
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Journalist, Newsreader, Television producer, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, Shark Tale, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, Today, + more
  8. Lady Gaga suffered from anorexia and bulimia when she was beginning her career.  To this day, the singer's weight is the subject of tabloid speculation.
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted, + more
  9. Actress Kate Winslet was called "blubber" when she was in school, and she developed an eating disorder as a result of the teasing. Today, Winslet is happy with her weight, and she refuses to conform to the super-skinny pressures of Hollywood.
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Reading, England
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Sense and Sensibility, Divergent, + more
  10. Victoria Beckham admitted to struggling with an eating disorder during the early days of the Spice Girls, saying that she was "obsessed" with keeping her weight down.  The svelte Mrs. Beckham's weight is always getting attention in tabloids.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Harlow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Model, Designer, + more
    • Credits: Zoolander, Spice World, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, Raw Spice
  11. Sharon Osbourne has struggled with bulimia for over 30 years.  She says that the eating disorder has been the hardest part of her life to keep under control.
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter, Film Producer, Talent manager, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Osbournes, + more
  12. Actress Brittany Snow has battled anorexia. The Hairspray star says that she went through a nine year struggle where she starved and cut herself.
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Pitch Perfect, Hairspray, John Tucker Must Die, Prom Night, Prom Night, + more
  13. Audrey Hepburn struggled with anorexia and bulimia throughout her career, but kept both a secret from the public. \ She was known to drop weight under studio pressure.
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1929-1993)
    • Birthplace: Brussels, Ixelles, Belgium
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, Charade, Wait Until Dark, + more
  14. Amanda Bynes struggled with an eating disorder as a young woman in Hollywood.  Bynes now spends most of her time in and out of courtrooms and rehab facilities.
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Rugrats, Easy A, She's the Man, Hairspray, Robots, + more
  15. Actress and fitness tape queen Jane Fonda struggled with anorexia and bulimia for over 20 years.  Fonda was one of the first actresses to speak out about her experience with eating disorders.
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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, + more
  16. Nicole Richie struggled with an eating disorder in her younger years.  The 31 year old actress says that she can still be critical of her body, but she has come a long way.
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Author, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Kids in America, The Simple Life, Fashion Star, Zac Efron's Pool Party, Celebrity News Reels: Best of Paris, + more
  17. Princess Diana struggled with an eating disorder and with cutting herself. She said in an interview, "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."
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1961-1997)
    • Birthplace: Sandringham, England
    • Profession: Crown Princess
  18. Ke$ha

    The "Tik Tok" singer was admitted to an Illinois rehab facility early on January 3, 2014.

  19. Comedian Joan Rivers has struggle with bulimia for much of her life in the spotlight.  After River's husband committed suicide, she developed bulimia as a way to control something in her life that was spinning out of control.
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
  20. Katharine McPhee struggled with eating disorders for years and was even suffering from bulimia in the months leading up to her "American Idol" audition.  She spent three month in group therapy to get over the disorder.
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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: American Idol, Shark Night, Smash, The House Bunny, Scorpion, + more
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