Some people may see eating disorders as a fad, a phase or lifestyle choice, but what people may not know that they’re serious mental disorders. It affects people physically, psychologically and socially and can sometimes even have life-threatening consequences.
Individuals with eating disorders does not have one but a variety of symptoms. However, most of them include severe restrictions in food, food binges or inappropriate purging behaviors like vomiting or over-exercising.
Eating disorders snare both men and women equally in their trap. In particular focus on the entertainment world, where desirability goes hand in hand with hassle, many celebrities have gone through eating disorders. Also, many have successfully overcome such issues. Let’s walk through the inspiring stories of superstars who have opened up their battle with eating disorders.
Since 2010, Demi Lovato has been an unofficial spokesperson for women suffering from eating disorders. It was that time when she was treated for bulimia. While suffering from this eating disorder, she always thought of dying young before reaching her 21st birthday. The opinionated role model emphasized on her health and fitness as a crucial part of her recovery process. She always gets help for her everyday fitness routine and manages her bipolar disorder. According to her “Awareness of my body-image started way before that, but I do attribute a little of my insecurities to being onstage as well as being judged for my beauty.”
The very famous singer spoke out his struggle with an eating disorder in his book. He openly talked about his jam-packed schedule with the immense popularity of One Direction that led him to skip several meals in a row and at times for multiple days. He never said anything about his physical and psychological health ever in public until leaving the band. Although he didn’t have cared much about losing weight but sometimes he had to skip meals for straight two to three days without even realizing it. Later, he acknowledged the fact that how disordered eating has affected his health.
In the year 2012, Lady Gaga posted on her website about the ‘Little Monsters’ that she had struggled with, anorexia and bulimia from a very young age of 15. She talked about her cycles of weight gain and loss and shared photos. Her famous “Born This Way Foundation” provide young people a platform and resources to combat body image issues, bullying, drug and alcohol problems and a lot more. This nonprofit organization aims to create a more compassionate environment for all those youngsters who are dealing with these issues. She keeps on motivating everyone with such concerns that it might be very hard but all you need right now is to express yourself to someone.
In 1994, Princess Diana spoke openly about her issues with bulimia and self-mutilation. According to her, many individuals suffering from a similar situation might be looking up to several questions, though the ultimate solution lies within them. She also talked about how professional, friends, and family care can make a significant difference in their lives to cope with these disorders. Her courageous speech about her eating disorder and personal struggles has motivated a lot of people who also started talking about their disordered eating. The Princess’ fight to increase understanding about bulimia has massively contributed to public awareness.
The actress who has won the hearts of millions shared a very intimate connection with her character in ‘To the Bone’. Collins started suffering from an eating disorder as a teenager. She opened up about her disorder while speaking to IMDB Studio about her movie. As per her statement, it was a very dramatic role for her since she has suffered from eating disorder when she was just a teenager. Collins also wrote a book where she has talked about her experiences she always used to fear to express. Moreover, she has also explained there are many taboos connected to eating disorders and the reason why many people going through this phase are unable to speak up.
Elton John had an unrepresented history of heavy drinking, drug abuse, and bulimia. He undertook a treatment course for his drug obsession and bulimia. For several years, it was very hard for him to realize that he even had an issue. According to his conversation with Larry King, he knew he would get better because he was determined to do so. He also spoke how much it helped him when he came to know that his dear friend Princess Diana fought with bulimia as well. He now gives more attention to his family and charitable work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Russell Brand is known for his outrageous statements. Though the popular actor and comedian has frequently spoken about his struggles with bulimia and substance abuse when he was a teenager. Eating disorders are more common in women compared to men but approximately 10 million men are suffering from various eating disorders in the United States alone. According to him, in those times, it was quite embarrassing to discuss such issues especially if you are male. Today, Brand openly talks about temperance and veganism. He has raised money for many drug addiction recovery programs and has become a prominent figure in the fight with eating disorders.
The Riverdale star talked about struggling with bulimia when she was in high school, college and starting out in Hollywood. “I was so scared of carbs that I wouldn’t even let myself eat bread or rice ever. I’d go a week without eating them, then I would binge on them, and that would make me want to purge,” Mendes says. “If I ate a sweet, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to eat for five hours now.’ I was always punishing myself. I was even anxious about healthy food: Did I eat too much of the avocado? Did I have too many fats for one day? I was consumed with the details of what I was eating, and I always felt as if I was doing something wrong.”
Eating disorders is nothing to be ashamed of nor it needs to be kept a secret. The first and foremost thing is to get out of denial and seek help.
We often follow celebrities for their fashion and lifestyle so why not get inspired by their battles of eating disorders.