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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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.
Birthplace: Santa Clarita, USA, California, Valencia
Profession: Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer
Credits: The Master of Disguise, Glee, The Naughty List, At the Devil's Door
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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.
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?
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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.
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
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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.
Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more
Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia
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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."
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Profession: Model, Actor
Credits: The Aviator, Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Pearl Harbor
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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."
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
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Katie Couric struggled with bulimia in her college years. She described the disorder as "so damaging, both psychically and physically."
Birthplace: USA, Virginia
Profession: Journalist, Newsreader, Television producer, Film Producer Author, + more
Credits: Dateline NBC, 60 Minutes, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Today
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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.
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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