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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: USA, North Carolina, Kinston
    • 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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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
    • 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, USA
    • 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, United States of America
    • 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: 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
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