70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders People
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70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders

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. 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."



    Born: 1973
    Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Model, Actor
    Institution: University of Oxford, New College, Oxford, Godolphin and Latymer School, Flexlands Private School
    Major/Field Of Study: Russian literature, French literature
    Height: 5'6"
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  2. 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.



    Born: 1954
    Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor + 4 more
    Institution: Nicolet High School, Tennessee State University, East Literature Magnet School
    Height: 5'6"
    Oprah Winfrey : see more

  3. "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.



    Born: 1977
    Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor
    Institution: Costa Mesa High School
    Height: 5'4"
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  4. 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.



    Born: 1947
    Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 4 more
    Institution: Royal Academy of Music, Pinner County Grammar School
    Height: 5'7"
    Medical Conditions: Appendicitis, Bulimia nervosa
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  5. 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."



    Born: 1981
    Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States of America
    Profession: Model, Actor
    Institution: Claremont High School, Atlantic Theater Company
    Major/Field Of Study: Acting
    Height: 5'6"
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