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? In an interview with Glamour, Jessica 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 sexually assaulted. 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: Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States of America
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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
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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
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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
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