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10 Celebrities Who Overcame Eating Disorders

1. Portia de Rossi

At the young age of 12, Portia de Rossi started to severely restrict her diet and then binge eat in order to be thin enough to competitively model. She’s admitted that she only allowed herself to consume 300 calories a day before a job and then binge eat afterward. It became a vicious cycle she was only able to break after her brother told her she was going to die. Now she’s a healthy weight and more concerned about who she is than what she’s eating.

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2. Elton John

Few male celebrities are open about their struggles with eating disorders, but Elton John opened up about his 14-year struggle with bulimia. He has recovered and now leads a healthy life. In addition to visiting a treatment center to heal, he also credits the support and discussions with his friend Princess Diana for his recovery.

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3. Jane Fonda

The bright light and fitness goddess Jane Fonda isn’t immune to eating disorders and poor body image. She’s openly admitted that she struggled with bulimia from puberty until age 50 because of the pressure she felt to be perfect for the industry. She said she eventually realized she could either continue and kill herself, or learn to live a healthy life so she could be there for her family. She chose the latter, and is now known for being healthy and happy.

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4. Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons built an empire as a fitness trainer with numerous exercise videos that changed countless lives. But before this, he struggled with eating disorders (Laxatives, starving, bingeing, and throwing up were his weight loss methods.) and landed himself in the hospital as a teenager. Thankfully he learned how to properly lose 150 lbs with healthy eating and exercise and has kept it off the right way for over 40 years.

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5. Lady Gaga

In 2012, Lady Gaga revealed that she had been struggling with bulimia and anorexia since she was 15 years old. In true Gaga fashion, she did so with a nearly nude photo depicting her 25lb weight gain and a new attitude. She has since been able to shift her focus to feeling happy and healthy instead of thin.

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6. Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton has admitted to struggling with anorexia after his work on the movie U-Turn. He went from nearly 200 lbs to a mere 138, and denied having a problem until finally seeking help and recovering. In the decades since, he has maintained a healthy weight.

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7. Kate Winslet

This British beauty doesn’t seem like the type to struggle with weight and body image, but Kate Winslet has opened up about her body issues as a child. As a teen, she became addicted to weight loss and laxative use in order to be more appealing as an actress. She was able to come to her senses, and now, at 40, bans social media from her household so her children don’t develop eating disorders and other insecurities.

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8. Russell Brand

Russell Brand has been open about the many struggles he faced as a child and as an adolescent, one of which was an unhealthy relationship with food. Russell says his bulimia came from a sense of loneliness, but he eventually went to rehab, recovered, and became a successful actor.

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9. Troian Bellisario

She plays a perfectionist on TV now, but that desire isn’t far from what Troian Bellisario herself struggled with at a young age. She developed a system to restrict food based on how well she had done at school and did everything she could to hide her imperfections. Her friends noticed; however, and were able to intervene. Now, she’s learned to deal with being herself and not worry so much about what people think.

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10. Dennis Quaid

This heartthrob surprisingly struggled with anorexia after losing 40 lbs for his role in Wyatt Earp in the mid-1990s. Dennis Quaid has stated that at the time he would see a 180 lb man in the mirror even though he was around 138 lbs. He recovered to become healthy and muscular, but Dennis says the mentality of food restriction and obsession took years to overcome.

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