For those of you who don’t know, anorexia is an eating disorder in which a person starves themselves in order to be thin. It can be life threatening and is characterized by self starvation, and excessive weight loss. A lot of people with anorexia see themselves as fat, even though they are extremely skinny. People with anorexia will often weigh themselves all the time, and exercise a lot, and some even force themselves to vomit, all to keep themselves looking skinny. Some even hide food and throw it away.
The ironic part is people that are anorexic are so skinny that they look horrible. It is estimated that around 2 million people throughout the world suffer from anorexia, It is mostly women that have it, but some men do experience it as well. It can be life threatening, due to malnutrition.
This can happen to anyone. One would think that someone who has the confidence to be a famous musician or actress would not suffer with anorexia, but this isn’t true. All sort of women that are successful, famous and popular, have had backgrounds where they have struggled with anorexia.
Here are 10 Female Celebrities That Were Anorexic.
10. Nicole Richie
Nicole is famous for many things. She is the daughter of world famous singer Lionel Richie, Paris Hilton‘s sidekick, who was a childhood friend, on a well known reality show called The Simple Life, and she also used to have some severe drug addiction problems, which thankfully she kicked. What a lot of people don’t know is that she also suffered with anorexia. She mostly had this issue in her younger years. Now at 34 years old, she says she can still be critical of the way her body looks, but she has come a long way in dealing with her issues.
Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, is one of the last people that anyone would expect to have suffered with anorexia. As a star of the hit reality show Jersey Shore, she is known for being a party girl, eating and drinking a ton, and even being just a tiny bit overweight. But it is true, Snooki suffered with anorexia while she was in high school. She was on the cheerleading squad, but was replaced by a girl who was skinnier than her, which sent her in to a bit of a tail spin about her weight. Snooki is skinny again, now. Let’s hope she is doing it in a healthy way.
8. Brittany Snow
Brittany Snow is a very popular actress, and is hot as well. While she started off in soap operas, she has appeared in many movies, including Hairspray, and Pitch Perfect. She has that all-American kind of vibe, which makes it even more surprising that she had such problems when she was younger. Brittany has said that her struggle with anorexia lasted for over 9 years, and that not only did she starve herself, but she also did some cutting. Here is hoping she is doing better now. She currently lives in L.A with her roomie actress Kelly Jakle.
7. Evanna Lynch
Evanna is known to most as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, although she is well known in Ireland as an actress and model. What isn’t known to most is that she had a horrific bout with Anorexia that lasted four years. This started at the age of 11, and in fact the character of Luna Lovegood helped Evanna get through her struggles. She was inspired by the fact that Luna embraced her own oddities, which helped Evanna get through her own struggle. She uses her fame to promote positive body image and healthy self-esteem with teens.
6. Trojan Bellisario
Trojan is best known for being one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars, but what a lot of people don’t know is that she struggled for years with anorexia and even with harming herself. She is from California and her parents are both producers of many famous TV shows including Magnum PI and NCIS, which according to Trojan had something to do with her issues. “I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl,” she said. “My school was a very intense college prep school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody.”
5. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham was once a member of the popular all-girl band from England called Spice Girls and is now married to retired soccer player and world class stud David Beckham. Although in the US she is not all that famous, in the UK she is one of the most well known people in the country. All of this fame and wealth didn’t keep the so-called Posh Spice from being anorexic though. In her best selling 2001 book Learning to Fly, she discussed her eating disorder and how she needed to be slim.
4. Alanis Morissette
You might find it ironic that someone that is so popular, and seems as put together as Alanis Morissette was anoxeric but she was. While Alanis is thought of as a strong woman, as a teenager she struggled with both anorexia and bulimia She had this to say about her experience: “I began recovering at 18, when a sweet friend confronted me. A very wise and experienced therapist really helped, too. And as I started getting into women’s issues, suddenly I didn’t feel alone in these quandaries about food and my body. Still, eating issues dogged me through my 20s.”
3. Mary Kate Olsen
It seems that Mary Kate, and her twin Ashley, have been around forever. They started as babies when they were together on the show Full House, and after being famous actresses for quite a while, over the years they have turned into powerful business women and fashion designers. It hasn’t been all easy for Mary Kate though, as she has struggled with anorexia. In the year 2004 it was announced that Mary Kate was to enter treatment for it. It seems that she has been doing much better since then, but she was hospitalized at one point for what was reported as a kidney infection.
2. Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple is one of the most talented songwriters and singers of her generation, or any other generation. She started writing her own songs when she was just 8 years old, and her first album was released when she was 17. Sadly her anorexia came as a result of her being raped at age 12, outside of the apartment she shared with her mother and sister. After this event she felt that her body was “bait” and she purposely made herself so slim that she would be unattractive to any would be attackers out there. The sexual assault was the inspiration for her song “Sullen Girl.”
1. Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale is thought of as one of the most beautiful women in the world, which makes anorexia all that more complicated. If one is so gorgeous than how could one be so insecure? But Kate was. She had a nervous breakdown when she was 15 and developed anorexia, and was in constant treatment for years. Thankfully this all seems to be behind her now. She has done some modeling, but has made her fame as an actress, both in her native England and here in the U.S, appearing in such movies as Much Ado About Nothing and Pearl Harbor.