Celebrity Eating Disorders: Is Hollywood Withering Away?


Christina Ricci, while promoting her movie Speed Racer, has opened up about her battle with the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa. The former child star said; “I was a teenager going through adolescence and at one point, I had an anorexia phase and then I kind of ballooned,” she said.

RIcci says she no longer cares what other people think or say about her.

“Vanity is unnecessary. I’m the vainest person but I have found a way to let that go so I can have fun. You have to make a decision that you’re not going to be crippled by insecurities. I feel my body now is the adult Christina and it’s what I should have come to a long time ago, if I hadn’t been screwing around with my body so much.”

Just a few other Celebrities who’ve encountered problems with eating disorders:

  • Nicole Richie: As an Eating Disorder expert, Dr. Jantz was interviewed by Weekly InTouch Magazine (Sept 4, 2006, Vol.5 Issue 36, page 15) about Nicole Richie. “Nicole could die if she doesn’t stop dieting,” Dr. Jantz, an eating disorder specialist and the founder of A Place of Hope treatment center in Seattle, tells In Touch. “She’s putting herself in a dangerous place.”
  • Ashlee Simpson: Singer Ashlee Simpson (sister of Jessica Simpson), admitted publicly that she suffered from an eating disorder during her pre-teen years. “I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders.”
  • Calista Flockhart: The ultra-thin star of Brothers and Sisters (formally of the very popular Alli McBeal) vehemently denied rumoros about her eating disorder but later admitted it.
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Known for her role as James Gandolfini‘s daughter on “The Sopranos,” Jamie-Lynn came out publicly about her eating disorder and is determined to help others. “I became a spokeswoman for eating disorders,” Jamie-Lynn shares with ET, “I would say about three or four months after I actually came out about it. It is a tough thing to talk about it, but it is actually therapeutic for me. I know it is something that touches almost every girl, and men, too.”
  • Mary-Kate Olsen: The press and the public speculated for months about whether Mary Kate was suffering from an eating disorder. She entered a program, however, many fans were still concerned about her emaciated appearance at the unveiling of the twins’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Sharon Osbourne: (Wife of Ozzy Osbourne), admitted to suffering from bulimia for 35 years– and still struggles. She has survived colon cancer and yet has revealed; “I’ve been able to conquer just about everything except bulimia.” Previously a patient who received gastric bypass surgery, she still is dealing with her eating disorder.
  • Tracey Gold: One of the Seaver family on the sitcom, Growing Pains, Tracey practically starved herself. Tracey was diagnosed with anorexia in 1990. Her family and friends helped her cope and she has been very open with her struggles. She has returned to acting.
  • Victoria Beckham: Previously known as “Posh Spice” from the Spice Girls and now the other half of popular Hollywood power couple with soccar/football player David Beckham, Victoria had denied that she had an eating disorder. She recently alluded to her struggles in and excerpt of her autobiography, “Learning to Fly.”

No 1 after No 1, hotel room after hotel room; I started losing weight, but it was basically Geri’s fault I became anorexic. Not that I was anorexic, because anorexia is just so not me.

Scary but true. Many of our stars who are up in lights must cope with the pressures of being transparent…and so they become nearly transparent in body.


8 Responses

  1. Yes, Hollywood is withering away! I noticed a couple of years ago that celebrities started going from very thin, to gaunt and deathly thin. I think it started when tabloids began pointing out celebrities weight gains and losses like never before. Celebrity gossip became almost exclusively about their bodies. I think a lot of these women wanted to avoid being on the cover of US weekly with their butt cheek hanging out next to the byline “Is Hilary getting fat?!”

    There are many Cheeseburgers to be eaten..


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