In a recent interview with MTV, Demi Lovato confessed that her eating disorder, which she continues to address daily, has made her rethink her career aspirations. She told Live From MTV, “I don't know If I'm going back to acting... I think someone that's recovering from an eating disorder can only be in front of the camera so much before it starts to play mind games."
Demi’s not the only one who has struggled with body issues. Recent studies have found that Latinas have eating disorders and body image concerns that are comparable to (or greater) than non-Latina whites. We encourage those who are struggling to seek help from a loved one or doctor. But know you’re not alone – here are 5 celebrities who have overcome eating disorders with help!
The X-Factor judge was treated in 2010 for “physical and emotional issues.” One of these issues was bulimia. As a contributing editor for Seventeen, the young star shared her experience with readers, hoping that they seek help as well. She wrote, “My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life, but I'm proud to say that I got the help I needed, and am now the happiest and healthiest I have ever been!” Brava, Demi!
The actress, mom and entrepreneur may lead a healthy lifestyle now, but it was only after her struggle with an eating disorder and an exercise addiction. She told Glamour magazine, “A lot of girls have an eating disorder, and I did too. I got obsessed with it. When I went from a girl’s body to a woman’s body with natural fat in places, I freaked out. It makes you feel weird, like you’re not ready for that body.” Dropping to 100 pounds, Alba became obsessed with exercise, working out three hours a day every day. Hitting bottom, she finally acknowledged she had a problem and sought help. We’re glad she did!
Mexican actress Anahi (and former member of RBD) struggled for years with anorexia, starting at the age of 13, with her lowest point coming in when she weighed as little as 77 pounds – and her heart stopped beating! “With the passage of time, my body stopped accepting nutrition until my heart stopped.” She finally got the help she needed to get back to a normal weight and work on her mental health.
Jamie Lynn Sigler
Even as Jamie-Lynn worked on the Sopranos, no one knew that the then 16-year-old star was struggling with an eating disorder – and even contemplating suicide. "I felt that no one in this world would ever understand the constant battle I had in my head every day." Sigler was an exercise bulimic, working out to “purge” her body of what she had eaten. Her lowest weight was a mere 80 lbs. In 2005, she finally sought help and is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorder Association!
The Entertainment Tonight host and former host of BET’s 106 & Park admitted to having an eating disorder, which started in high school. She used diet pills and restricted eating to be skinny. “I would go by starving myself for fear of seeing the numbers on the scale go up. I knew something was wrong. I weighed myself everyday,” she wrote in a VIBE blog. She now works to combat these warped ideas of beauty, and admits its something she’ll struggle with for the “rest of her life.”