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. Naya Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    Glee star Naya Rivera opens up about her high school anorexia in her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry. The eating disorder began when Rivera's parents experienced problems in their marriage. In an except from the memoir published by People, Rivera writes:

    One day I was so hungry I was shaking, and I decided to eat an apple. Instead, I just sat there and held it up to my mouth. I couldn’t bring myself to take a bite. It was like the two sides of my brain were competing, one telling me to ‘eat it, it’s just an apple,’ and the other telling me ‘no, no, no–that’ll ruin everything.'

    Rivera eventually overcame her anorexia, though admitted to still having body-image issues well after getting back to healthy eating.

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Master of Disguise, Glee, The Naughty List, At the Devil's Door
  2. Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?
  3. Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
  4. Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 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
    • Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia
  5. Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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: Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: The Aviator, Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Pearl Harbor
  6. Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Valentine's Day
  7. Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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: Dateline NBC, 60 Minutes, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Today
  8. Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 70+ Famous People with Eating Disorders
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    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: Ixelles, Belgium
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, Charade
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