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Famous People with Eating Disorders

Famous People with
Eating Disorders

Anyone in the world can develop eating disorders. It can be genetic, physiological, psychological and neural or it may be a self inflicted and imposed condition. Many people have naturalistic eating disorders while some develop it due to lifestyle compulsions.

Princess Diana
Eating disorders can be treated and should be addressed at the right time.

Many famous people have overcome eating disorders to either put on some weight to look fabulous or to lose the extra weight to look spellbinding. However, not keeping eating disorders in check or living in denial can be fatal, as has also been the case with many famous people.

List of Famous People with Eating Disorders

Paula Abdul
Lily Allen
Kirstie Alley
Maria Conchita Alonso
Fiona Apple
Imogen Bailey
Justine Bateman
Amanda Beard
Victoria Beckham
Kate Beckinsale
Catherine Bell
Russell Brand
Amanda Bynes
John Candy
Karen Carpenter
Isabella Caro
Melanie Chisholm
Kelly Clarkson
Nadia Comaneci
Katie Couric
Sandra Dee
Susan Dey
Diana, Princess of Wales
Kate Dillon
Elisa Donovan
Chris Farley
Sally Field
Calista Flockhart
Jane Fonda
Aretha Franklin
Anna Freud
Lady Gaga
Zina Garrison
John Goodman
Kathy Griffin
Heidi Guenther
Kristen Haglund
Geri Halliwell
Ashley Hamilton
Margaux Hemmingway
Mariel Hemingway
Christy Henrich
Audrey Hepburn
Felicity Huffman
Janet Jackson
Elton John
Wynonna Judd
Franz Kafka
Diane Keaton
Dagny Knutson
Stacy London
Demi Lovato
Maureen McCormick
Mary McDonough
Katherine McPhee
Kellie Martin
Alanis Morissette
Mary-Kate Olsen
Sharon Osbourne
Carre Otis
Catherine Oxenberg
Alexandra Paul
Syliva Plath
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Dennis Quaid
Tara Reid
Ana Carolina Reston
Christina Ricci
Cathy Rigby
Joan Rivers
Al Roker
Portia de Rossi
Theresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo
Anne Sexton
Ally Sheedy
Richard Simmons
Ashlee Simpson
Yeardley Smith
Brittany Snow
Meredith Vieira
Oprah Winfrey
Kate Winslet

Karen Carpenter, Fiona Apple, Justine Bateman, Sia and Shane Barbi, Portia de Rossi, Daniel Johns and Calista Flockheart are just some of the celebrities who have or had anorexia. Kate Winslet, Oprah Winfrey, Paula Abdul and Candace Cameron Bure are some famous people who had bulimia.

Kate Winslet is a self-confessed foodie and so is Oprah Winfrey. Is it then not commendable how Kate managed to stay slim for so many of her movies and how Oprah lost so much weight and amazed the world?

Karen Carpenter

Eating disorders when addressed wouldn’t become a cause of greater concern but when unchecked it would be undesirable. Keira Knightley and Tara Reid are some scary realities when anorexia goes unchecked and the sad fate of Isabella Caro, a French actress who died due to complications arising out of anorexia at an age of 28, are some avoidable outcomes if eating disorders are checked and addressed on time.

4 Major Types …

The four major types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders and obesity. Anorexia is a condition where one doesn’t eat at all and tends to grow thin to an extent where muscles and bones lose their mass and the body is bereaved of all fat. Bulimia nervosa which is also known as bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by overeating, binge eating and finally purging.

Bulimic patients tend to be underweight or normal weight. Binge eating disorder is classified as an eating disorder in the DSM-V and patients are typically overweight. And also recently, obesity is being called a disease by the American Medical Association.

John Candy

Eating disorders are not desirable. When kids have it, parents wonder if the kids are simply being mischievous and avoiding food. When adults have it, they are thought to be either compulsive as is in case of anorexia or a glutton as is in case of binge eaters, though in many references it does not yet have its own category.


From the rich and famous all the way across the board to those in poverty in developing nations, no one is immune to the spectrum of eating disorders that connect people in an unhealthy way, everywhere we look.