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5 Celebs Who’ve Opened Up About Eating Disorders

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By Robin Zabiegalski

Demi Lovato has been open about her struggle with an eating disorder for several years. She first went to treatment for her eating disorder in 2011 when she was just a teenager.

Since then she’s had periods of recovery and relapse. Recently she revealed that a relapse into her eating disorder played a big role in her near-fatal overdose in 2018. Now she’s speaking out to raise awareness about the dangers of eating disorders.

But she’s not the only celeb who has used their platform to speak out about eating disorders. Here are five other celebs who’ve shared their stories.

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Kesha

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Kesha Rose has also been open about her eating disorder for many years. In 2014 she checked into treatment for her eating disorder and to deal with mental health issues.

Before that she’d been struggling with anorexia and bulimia for years. She has said she felt like she didn’t deserve to eat, so she would starve herself. Then when she did eat, she would throw up out of guilt.

Kesha said that she knew she needed help when she felt like she couldn’t eat at a dinner party because she didn’t want people to see her eat. She realized then that the eating disorder had taken over her life.

Since seeking treatment she’s still struggled with her eating disorder occasionally, but these days she’s happy and healthy.

Zayn Malik

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Zayn Malik opened up about his issues with anorexia to show that women aren’t the only ones who struggle with eating disorders, especially in Hollywood. In his autobiography ‘Zayn’ the former One Direction singer revealed that his eating disorder was at its worst at the height of his stardom.

He admitted to going days without eating and getting unhealthily thin. Malik said that during that time in his life everything was so chaotic and there was little he could control, so he controlled food and his body.

Since then he’s gotten treatment and today he’s free of his eating disorder.

Gabourey Sidibe

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The image of a person with an eating disorder is usually a thin, white woman. In fact, people of all body sizes, races, ethnicities, and gender identities struggle with eating disorders. That’s why it’s so important that Gabourey Sidibe has spoken out about her issues with bulimia and restrictive eating disorders.

Sidibe said that when her depression and anxiety got really bad she wouldn't eat for days at a time. If she ate even a slice of bread she would throw up. She also revealed that her depression made her consider suicide.

She got into therapy and started taking antidepressants to manage her mental health. She admits that she still struggles with her body image, but she no longer relies on her eating disorders to manage her body or her feelings.

Elton John

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Elton John struggled with bulimia in a time when eating disorders weren't well understood and were thought to only affect women. During the 70s and 80s, John admitted to doing everything to excess - drugs, alcohol, sex, and food.

He said that he struggled with his body image, but couldn't control his eating. So, he'd binge and then throw everything up.

In the 90s his addiction got out of control and he went into rehab. He worked hard to recover from all his addictions, including food. Today he's been sober and eating disorder free for almost 30 years.

Lady Gaga

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In 2012, there was a lot of talk about Lady Gaga's weight. She fired back on social media by posting a picture of her in a bra and underwear with the caption "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15".

In interviews after the post, Lady Gaga explained that she still struggled with her eating disorders and body image. She also opened up about how her strict schedule and diet while on tour made it difficult not to fall back into her eating disorder.

Lady Gaga has said that she no longer struggles with her eating disorder and is happy with her curvier body.

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