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12 Celebrities Who Famously Battled Eating Disorders and Won

12 Celebrities Who Famously Battled Eating Disorders and Won

January 6th, 2014
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  • 2013 American Music Awards - Roaming Show


    The pop star started off the new year by taking control of her body; she announced in January that she would be entering a 30-day rehab program for an eating disorder. "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder, to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am," she told People magazine.

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  • The Ninth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball - Arrivals

    Christina Ricci

    The star became rail-thin in the early 2000s, raising eyebrows every time she stepped out in public. “At the time that I was starting to diet and stuff, I saw this TV movie, and I thought, ‘Ooh – anorexia. I could probably do that,’” Ricci told The Guardian in 2004 of her struggle with the disorder.

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    Portia de Rossi

    The better half of funny lady Ellen DeGeneres famously struggled with anorexia and bulimia during her stint on "Ally McBeal." She limited her calories to 300 per day, in addition to binging and purging.

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  • "Just Sing It" Launch Event

    Lindsay Lohan

    “I was sick, and I was scared too,” Lohan told Vanity Fair in 2010 of her struggle with bulimia. “I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take care of yourself.’”

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  • 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards Presented By Toyota And Lexus - Green Carpet

    Jamie-Lynn Sigler

    The "Sopranos" actress has been one of the most outspoken about her longtime struggles with bulimia, becoming an ambassador of sorts for all sorts of eating disorders.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association
  • CFDA And Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration - Arrivals

    Mary-Kate Olsen

    When she appeared as little more than a walking skeleton during a red carpet appearance, Mary-Kate finally admitted to struggling with an eating disorder and in 2004 checked herself into rehab to cope with her problem.

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  • Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - October 8, 2013

    Kelly Clarkson

    The original American Idol has battled with her weight her entire life, yo-yo'ing back and forth between unhealthily thin and a little more on the curvier side. She revealed to Cosmogirl that her struggle with her weight really began in high school, after she didn't get a part in the school play. "I thought…If I came back and I’m cuter and thinner, then I’ll get the role,” she said.

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  • "The Class Of 92" - World Premiere - Inside Arrivals

    Victoria Beckham

    After facing years' worth of scrutiny over her thin appearance, Posh Spice wrote in her 2011 biography Learn to Fly that she had indeed struggled with an eating disorder during her early Spice Girls years, resulting from the oppressive pressure to be thin.

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  • Celebrities Attend Melbourne Cup Day

    Geri Halliwell

    Posh wasn't the only one: Ginger Spice dropped a shocking amount of weight after the famous girl group fell from the heights of fame. She spoke on the subject at the time, claiming her drastic weight loss was mainly the result of "coping with life."

    Photo: Getty Images / Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
  • American Country Awards 2013 - Arrivals

    LeAnn Rimes

    The country star initally denied having an eating disorder after scarily skinny bikini photos surfaced of her, but soon after checked into rehab for treatment for stress and anxiety.

    Photo: Getty Images / Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
  • Fox's "The X Factor" Season Finale

    Demi Lovato

    Demi's battle with eating disorders started at a very young age, when she started binging and purging as a child. “My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life,” she has told Seventeen magazine.

    Photo: Getty Images / Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    Katharine McPhee

    The "Smash" star has been open about struggling with an eating disorder during her stint on "American Idol." “The more I focused on my weight, the worse my bulimia got,” she told People magazine.

    Photo: Getty Images / Mark Davis/Getty Images

By now you’ve probably heard that pop star Kesha has checked herself into a 30-day rehabilitation program to help her overcome an eating disorder. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder, to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” she told People magazine.

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But Kesha is far from the first starlet to battle anorexia, bulimia, or any number of other forms of the disorder. We’ve seen lovely ladies like Christina Ricci and Mary-Kate Olsen wither away to dangerously thin states in the public eyeusually attributed to a combination of Hollywood’s overbearing pressure to be thin. But not all of these stories end in tragedy: Many celebrities, thankfully, were bravely able to overcome their obstacles, and have spoken openly about their struggles with weight.

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Click through the gallery to see 12 women who openly battled eating disorders and came out on top. Kudos to them for their honesty, courage, and strength in the face of disorders that are all too rampant!

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