Today I wanted to touch base of very important topic, eating disorders.
I noticed that at very early age we are getting sensitive about our weight. My 9 yo daughter got really upset when I was not intentionally joking of her small belly, she is skinny and I even by second could not think I may harm her somehow. But you need to be very careful at any age with anyone, family friends, your unintentional accidental comment may cause damage if somebody’s future life. Fortunately my daughter does not have any problem, but I am now much more careful with my ‘jokes’.
Have you ever thought, do I have problem with eating habits. I could certainly say, probably 90% of people who tried to lose weight or are overweighed (both may not be equal) could think about themselves having problems with eating habits. Today wanted to take some of your spare time and post about this important topic and take an attempt to clarify the differences between having issues with eating habits, eating disorders and being addicted to food.
I believe that any person who has problem with weight or thinks she/he has problem with weight would need to classify to have either eating disorder which may be a result of former bad eating habits, or perception of being overweighed or actually constantly trying to lose weight applying different diets (again eating habits).
I have a good news for those who are just have bad eating habits, they can help themselves why eating disorders may need doctor intervention and help.
I do not want to disregard a group of people who are actually sick and may have a problem with thyroid hormones’ level, which may be a main cause of weight gain or being underweighted too.
Let us have a look first what are eating disorders and I can later share a few tips to change your bad eating habits to brake a closed circle of constant dieting and being depressed of not getting satisfactory results.
Almost everyone worries about their weight occasionally. People with eating disorders take such concerns to extremes. In order to figure out if you suffer from abnormal eating you need to learn more about eating disorders and how psychologists treat them.
Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:
• Anorexia nervosa: Individuals believe they are fat even when they are dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
• Bulimia nervosa: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.
• Binge eating: Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
Foods rich in fats or sugars are addictive, leading to overeating and obesity. Does this mean that food can be treated like alcohol or cigarettes? Or maybe we often confuse the terms “addiction”, “uncontrollable craving” and “eating disorders”?
Why do some people talk about “addiction” in relation to food?
Addiction is characterized by the forced use of a substance, uncontrolled method of consumption and the presence of withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety and irritability) when access to this substance is not possible. In people suffering from eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating (binge eating), nervous anorexia (anorexia nervosa) and bulimia (bulimia nervosa) are present such symptoms, suggesting that there are similarities on the body’s response to addictive substances and compulsive eating .
In the brain of a sense of pleasure resulting from food consumption and the adoption of the drug is formed in a similar mechanism. For example, in studies on laboratory rats have shown that repeatable to immoderate eating sugar increases the sensitivity of brain receptors to dopamine (a substance produced in the brain when we experience pleasure) in a similar way as banned drugs. Human studies using neuro visualization techniques which allow the visualization of the structure and function of the brain, also show a similarity regarding the physiological response to the expected consumption of palatable food and drug – for example, there is a release of dopamine in the same areas of the brain.
The arguments against “food addiction”
Despite the above similarities between eating and drug use, the vast majority of cases classified as “food addiction” should not be considered as addictive behavior. Food consumption is in fact a very complex process, in which participates a number of organs of the body and many hormones. It does not limit itself to a simple system of pleasure / reward. A recent study showed that there are significant differences in the production of several neurotransmitters in response to the adoption of narcotic substances and forced food. In addition, almost every perceived by us pleasure – beauty, music, sex and even physical activity – is related to the discharge of dopamine similar to the response to high-fat meal. But all these reactions is called a sense of pleasure rather than addiction and their formation is associated with different mechanisms.
The strong desire for the desired food product (e.g. chocolate) conflicts with the culturally need to reduce its consumption, which makes the desire becomes long and is interpreted as a “dependence” (eg. “Dependence of chocolate”). In some people, there are differences in the processing in the brain stimuli generated during eating. They are similar to the stimuli in the course of addiction, which creates a greater need for consumption of specific types of food.
Uncontrollable cravings and eating disorders
The term “food craving” is often more appropriate than “food addiction”. It is “an intense need for consumption of any product or type of food that is hard to resist.” In fact, uncontrolled appetite occurs quite often. Almost all women and most men feel a kind of uncontrollable cravings at some point in life. Products that are targeted most often uncontrollable appetite is chocolate (40% of women) or, more generally, foods containing high fat and / or sugars fat or carbohydrates.
The phenomenon of uncontrollable appetite is important because it can contribute to excessive food intake, occurring in people with compulsive eating, bulimia and obesity, although this issue has not yet been clearly resolved. There are various theories explaining the link between uncontrolled appetite and eating disorders. Uncontrollable appetite can be caused by psychoactive substances found in chocolate, however, the most important determinant of the desire for chocolate is its sensory properties.
What does this mean for most people?
If even the term “addiction” is not correct, but it sensitizes us to an important aspect of the behavior associated with the correct way of eating – the ability to maintain self-control over eating.
While exercise and proper eating habits are well-validated methods of maintaining health in nearly all people.
The route signals in the brain, which controls the intake of food, also regulates peripheral lipid metabolism, can be used to better help those people whose eating habits are contrary to their intentions.
Did you know that 4 out of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from en eating disorder?
Today’s estimates are that 11 million Americans have anorexia or bulimia. Hospitalizations are increasing.
Maybe you didn’t feel fat, just a touch overweight, before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the height/weight tables, and now your weight hits the category of “morbidly obese.” Do you automatically exercise more and eat less? More likely, you feel bad, blame your genes or your lack of willpower, try a new diet, fail, feel worse, eat more.
Generally all disordered eating begins with a diet. Eating disorders and obesity have increased spectacularly in the past 20 years. How is that possible? Did our genes suddenly change? No, but our eating habits did. We eat while walking, driving and working. Families have a hard time sitting down to a meal together, and even gas stations sell food.
We eat out a lot more, spending close to 50 percent of our food dollar away from home. Eating out, it’s hard to avoid sugar, fat, and salt. Eating foods high in sugar, fat, and salt makes us eat more the same type of foods which are high in sugar, fat, and salt.
With food relatively cheap and highly available, we also have more opportunity to eat badly at home.
What else has changed in two decades? While America has become a 24-hour buffet, the pressure to be thin has increased.
Girls, particularly, get the message from movies and fashion magazines that the ideal body type is a wire hanger. But who among us doesn’t obsess about weight? Pounds and Body Mass Index can feel like the sum of our worth. Which means just about everyone gets to feel bad about his or her body.
If agencies attacking obesity aren’t careful, they could inadvertently encourage more disordered eating. Obsessively counting every calorie as an enemy isn’t hard. Moderation is hard. As generations of dieters know, changing habits is hard.
In the health campaign against fat, we should avoid bashing obesity and idealizing thinness, which only foster the self-destructive thought processes that characterize eating disorders from anorexia to obesity. Anorexics with jutting collarbones think they’re fat. Binge-eaters often think, after eating too much, that they’ve already done the damage so they might as well keep eating.
No eating disorder is a lifestyle choice. Besides the serious, often life-threatening physical dangers, there is shame, loneliness, and depression.
But environments can change. Not that long ago, people smoked everywhere, just as we eat everywhere today. The health campaign against cigarettes worked. We can change the way we deal with eating disorders as well.
There is much deeper problem as many who are overweight, obese and morbidly obese suffer from emotional eating, binge eating disorders sometimes triggered by emotional and physical abuse.
The way we deal with eating disorders as well.
How you can check if someone has eating disorder? Here are 10 signs of eating disorder?:
1. Drastic weight loss
2. Preoccupation with counting calories
3. The need to weight yourself several times a day
4. Excessive exercise
5. Binge eating or purging
6. Food rituals, like taking tiny bites, skipping food groups or re-arranging food on the plate
7. Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone
8. Taking laxative or diuretics
9. Smoking to curb appetite
10. Persistent view of yourself fat that worsens despite of weight loss
Food compulsive disorder
Food compulsive disorder (compulsive nibble) – an eating disorder involving eating large amounts of food in an uncontrolled manner, without feeling physical hunger. Also referred to as “food addiction”. The common denominator of behavior that make up the food compulsive disorder, is a periodic occurrence of episodes of uncontrolled eating, which are the causes emotional medium, not the actual feeling of hunger.
Typical symptoms include:
• periodic loss of control over the amount of food we eat,
• disposable eating too large (relative to normal individuals feeding) amount of food,
• In raids – eating in a clearly faster than normal food,
• eating foods until a unpleasant symptoms of overeating,
• eating in solitude, in order to avoid detection of disturbances – the feeling of shame and guilt, occurring after the attack.
It sounds familiar?
A common consequence of compulsive eating are overweight and obese. Characteristic of ailments described is called. “Tucking problems”, consisting in the fact that a person suppresses the emotions and unloads stress. This leads to a situation in which an automatic response to a state of heightened tension or anxiety becomes food, which seems to act as a “drug” that allows to forget about unpleasant experiences, feelings and other important decisions to make. After sessions of compulsive binge eating often a person feels a sense of guilt due not only to the same attacks, but also the ensuing health-related problems such as overweight and obesity.
Treatment of compulsive eating is not easy but there are some strategies that can be applied at the moment of the coming crisis:
• Out for a walk
• Rest, sleep
• Bath or shower
• Telephone for someone his friend
An important role plays to learn what situations and factors cause bouts of compulsive behavior. In case of worsening of compulsive eating behaviors used psychological treatment. In the US, created a community of Overeaters Anonymous, which helps in recovery from compulsive eating by working with the Program 12 steps. People who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction have a lot in common with people who chronically crave food: they are highly conditioned to abuse their substance of choice. If thinking about food rules your life, seek help from a professional.
If you’re someone dealing with occasional cravings, restructuring your day and planning ahead can help you resist overwhelming temptation. Here’s how:
Anticipate moments of weakness. You preset yourself , no matter what, you’re not going to allow yourself to be tempted by the food, It’s much easier to control your urges if you do it beforehand than if they take you by surprise. For example, if you tend to binge on candy while working at your computer, cut up melon and keep it on your desk so you’re less likely to visit the vending machine.
Take one flavor at a time. If I give you just one item, say, apples, you will get saturated with the flavor of apples, but if I mixed different alternative flavors, you actually can go from one to the other, eating a lot more than if you only had one type of food on your plate. So keep your meal relatively simple.
Ban eating in the car and in front of the TV. Set up a space for eating so these other activities and spaces don’t get conditioned with the food. Then eat only at the table, using a plate and doing nothing but eating and talking to your tablemates.
Don’t skimp on shut-eye. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of overeating and obesity, 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night is recommended for adults.
Keep your cool. When a person is stressed, that decreases their ability to exert control over desires. You can schedule daily workouts for a natural high. Relief stress with exercise rather than food.
So how to find a balance between accepting your body and not being obsessed about body weight that may cause eating disorder but from the other hand maintain the healthy body weight.
Obesity and overweight
Fortunately if you are not in group of people having eating disorder, that does not mean you do not have any problem with your weight. One of the most common problems related to lifestyle today is being overweight. Severe overweight or obesity is a key risk factor in the development of many chronic diseases such as heart and respiratory diseases, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers, as well as early death. New scientific studies and data from life insurance companies have shown that the health risks of excessive body fat are associated with relatively small increases in body weight, not just with marked obesity.
Obesity and overweight are serious problems that pose a huge and growing financial burden on national resources. However, the conditions are largely preventable through sensible lifestyle changes. This is why my blog focus is to change the life style habit which I truly believe in bringing the expected long term results. Some of you would name it NEVERENING HEALTHY DIET. Obesity is often defined simply as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the fat tissues (adipose tissue) of the body leading to health hazards. The underlying cause is a positive energy balance leading to weight gain i.e. when the calories consumed exceed the calories expended.
In order to help people determine what their healthy weight is, a simple measure of the relationship between weight and height called the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used. BMI is a useful tool that is commonly used by doctors and other health professionals to determine the prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m2). For example, an adult who weighs 70 kg and whose height is 1.75 m will have a BMI of 22.9 kg/m2.
Overweight and obesity are defined as BMI values equals or exceeding 25 and 30, respectively. Typically, a BMI of 18,5 to 24,9 is considered ‘healthy’, but an individual with a BMI of 25–29,9 is considered “at increased risk” of developing associated diseases and one with a BMI of 30 or more is considered at “moderate to high risk”.
BODY MASS INDEX
<18,5 Underweight 18,5 - 24,9 Healthy weight 25 - 29,9 Overweight ≥30 Obese Fat distribution: apples and pears
BMI still does not give us information about the total fat or how the fat is distributed in our body, which is important as abdominal excess of fat can have consequences in terms of health problems.
A way to measure fat distribution is the circumference of the waist. Waist circumference is unrelated to height and provides a simple and practical method of identifying overweight people who are at increased risk of obesity-related conditions. If waist circumference is greater than 94-102 cm for men and 80-88 cm for women, it means they have excess abdominal fat, which puts them at greater risk of health problems, even if their BMI is about right.
The waist circumference measurement divides people into two categories: individuals with an android fat distribution (often called “apple” shape), meaning that most of their body fat is intra-abdominal and distributed around their stomach and chest and puts them at a greater risk of developing obesity-related diseases. Individuals with a gynoid fat distribution (often called “pear” shape), meaning that most of their body fat is distributed around their hips, thighs and bottom are at greater risk of mechanical problems. Obese men are more likely to be “apples “while women are more likely to be “pears”.
The fundamental principle of energy balance is:
Changes in energy (fat) stores = energy (calorie) intake – energy expenditure
Overweight and obesity are influenced by many factors including hereditary tendencies, environmental and behavioral factors, ageing and pregnancies. What is clear is that obesity is not always simply a result of overindulgence in highly palatable foods or of a lack of physical activity. Biological factors (hormones, genetics), stress, drugs and ageing also play a role. However, dietary factors and physical activity patterns strongly influence the energy balance equation and they are also the major modifiable factors. Indeed, high-fat, energy-dense diets and sedentary lifestyles are the two characteristics most strongly associated with the increased prevalence of obesity world-wide. Conversely, weight loss occurs when energy intake is less than energy expenditure over an extended period of time. A restricted calorie diet combined with increased physical activity is generally the advice proffered by dieticians for sustained weight loss.
Miracle or wonder diets that severely limit calories or restrict food groups should be avoided as they are often limiting in important nutrients and/or cannot be sustained for prolonged periods. Besides, they do not teach correct eating habits and can result in yo-yo dieting (the gain and loss of weight in cycles resulting from dieting followed by over-eating). This so called yo-yo dieting may be dangerous to long-term physical and mental health. Individuals should not be over ambitious with their goal setting as a loss of just 10% of initial weight will bring measurable health benefits. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is rising dramatically worldwide and that the problem appears to be increasing rapidly in children as well as in adults.
Together with information from national surveys, the data show that the prevalence of obesity in most European countries has increased by about 10-40% in the past 10 years, ranging from 10-20% in men and 10-25% in women. The most alarming increase has been observed in the Great Britain, where nearly two thirds of adult men and over half of adult women are overweight or obese. Between 1995 and 2002, obesity doubled among boys in England from 2.9% of the population to 5.7%, and amongst girls increased from 4.9% to 7.8%. One in 5 boys and one in 4 girls is overweight or obese. Among young men, aged 16 to 24 years, obesity increased from 5.7% to 9.3% and among young women increased from 7.7% to 11.6%. The health consequences of obesity and overweight are many and varied, ranging from an increased risk of premature death to several non-fatal but debilitating and psychological complaints that can have an adverse effect on quality of life.
The major health problems associated with obesity and overweight are:
– Type 2 diabetes
– Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
– Respiratory diseases (sleep apnea syndrome)
– Some cancers
– Psychological problems
– Alteration of the quality of life
The degree of risk is influenced for example, by the relative amount of excess body weight, the location of the body fat, the extent of weight gain during adulthood and amount of physical activity. Most of these problems can be improved with relatively modest weight loss (10 to 15%), especially if physical activity is increased too.
Type 2 diabetes
Of all serious diseases, it is Type 2 diabetes (the type of diabetes which normally develops in adulthood and is associated with overweight) or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), which has the strongest association with obesity and overweight. Indeed, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises with a BMI that is well below the cut-off point for obesity (BMI of 30). Women who are obese are more than 12 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women of healthy weight. The risk of Type 2 diabetes increases with BMI, especially in those with a family history of diabetes, and decreases with weight loss.
Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and peripheral vascular disease. These diseases account for a large proportion (up to one third) of deaths in men and women in most industrialized countries and their incidence is increasing in developing countries.
Obesity predisposes an individual to a number of cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension and elevated blood cholesterol. In women, obesity is the third most powerful predictor of CVD after age and blood pressure. The risk of heart attack for an obese woman is about three times that of a lean woman of the same age.
Obese individuals are more likely to have elevated blood triglycerides (blood fats), low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and decreased high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). This metabolic profile is most often seen in obese people with a high accumulation of intra-abdominal fat (“apples”) and has consistently been related to an increased risk of CHD. With weight loss, the levels of triglycerides can be expected to improve. A 10 kg weight loss can produce a 15% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels and an 8% increase in HDL cholesterol. I made this week annual screening, last year before losing weight my bad cholesterol LDL level was too high. I am very curious how this improved, if so after my weight loss.
The association between hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity is well documented and the proportion of hypertension attributable to obesity has been estimated to be 30-65% in Western populations. In fact, blood pressure increases with BMI; for every 10 kg increase in weight, blood pressure rises by 2-3mm Hg. Conversely, weight loss induces a fall in blood pressure and typically, for each 1% reduction in body weight, blood pressure falls by 1-2mm Hg. Today my blood pressure is perfect and due to exercise my blood oxygen level is 99%.
The prevalence of hypertension in overweight individuals is nearly three times higher than in non-overweight adults and the risk in overweight individuals aged 20-44 years of hypertension is nearly six times greater than in non-overweight adults.
Although the link between obesity and cancer is less well defined, several studies have found an association between overweight and the incidence of certain cancers, particularly of hormone-dependent and gastrointestinal cancers. Greater risks of breast, endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancers have been documented for obese women, and there is some evidence of increased risk of prostate and rectal cancer in men. The clearest association is with cancer of the colon, for which obesity increases the risk by nearly three times in both men and women.
Degenerative diseases of the weight-bearing joints, such as the knee, are very common complications of obesity and overweight. I know something about it, in 2010 while playing soccer on artificial grass I injured my PCL Ligament, very unusual, rather not recommended for surgery injury. Now I think that bad diet habits, eating not enough for without proper nutrition and overeating after seriously influenced on my joints. On top of bad diet, low with microelements and Omega -3 acids the mechanical damage to joints resulting from excess weight is generally thought to be the cause. Pain in the lower back is also more common in obese people and may be one of the major contributors to obesity-related absenteeism from work.
Obesity is highly stigmatized in many European countries in terms of both perceived undesirable bodily appearance and of the character defects that it is supposed to indicate. Even children as young as six perceive obese children as “lazy, dirty, stupid, ugly, liars and cheats”
Obese people have to contend with discrimination. A study of overweight young women in the USA showed that they earn significantly less than healthy women who are not overweight or than women with other chronic health problems.
Compulsive overeating also occurs with increased frequency among obese people and many people with this eating disorder have a long history of bingeing and weight fluctuations.
International studies on the economic costs of obesity have shown that they account for between 2% and 7% of total health care costs. Promoting healthy diets and increased levels of physical activity to control overweight and obesity must involve the active participation of many groups including governments, health professionals, the food industry, the media and consumers. I decided to start this blog and promote healthy diets that are low in fat, high in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and which contain large amounts of fresh vegetables. I feel responsible to do it since I succeeded and believe my blog my help other and if I help to safe even one human being from disease that would be the result of bad eating habits, I will succeed. It is not about earning money, I am ready to give my spare time to be able to help others. If my blog motivates even one person for the healthy life style I am going to continue it.
It became obvious that nowadays, the greater emphasis on improved opportunities for physical activity is clearly needed, especially with increased urbanization, the ageing of the population and the parallel increase in time devoted to sedentary pursuits.
I think one of the biggest problems when approaching obesity and disordered eating is the notion that it is all about food. As a society, we are growing out at the current rate, then clearly it now becomes not all about the individual and self-control. To me overall it should be all about economics and social change. What I mean by this that it is cheaper to upscale, and give people bigger proportions for their money. The dominance of the car, and the fact that it is so much more acceptable to drive 5kms to the shop than to walk or ride plus the design of our cities, which are not built to be local villages, which would encourage walking, the relative prices of prepackaged food vs natural foods. The truth is that the diets will never work when our social and economic structure makes it easier to gain weight than to lose it. All of these things from a much bigger perspective than we currently are. As individuals we can work on changing our minds but still high % of population will suffer, it is only by changing the big picture that we can address this so-called current food disease and obesity or eating disorder epidemic. Many who are overweight, obese and morbidly obese suffer from emotional eating, binge eating disorders sometimes triggered by emotional and physical abuse. These individuals will need a therapy and strategies for more healthy eating.
In the absence of clear metabolic disease, people who are heavy are eating disordered. It would be helpful if the medical establishment approaches obesity as such so these people can get the help they need.
and hopefully, the stigma against obesity can lessen.
The other problems is that one major issue that stands out is the dollar menus and such at fast food joints located at almost every corner of America. It is just too tempting for people in these tough economic times to go for the dollar cheeseburger and fries and sugary drink for only one more dollar. Many believe it is too costly to eat healthy, and really it IS when we have these fast food places to compete with.
Many families who are not well off financially opt for a fast food chain for dinner for their children because they don’t know what else to do. Of course they could try some of the healthier options on the menu like a salad or fruit cup, but so many are driven to temptation. And these places really play into that temptation whether on purpose or not, the smell of frying potatoes seeps into a person’s nose and instantly makes him or her crave French fries. I know that certainly happens to me, so I try to avoid fast food places as much as I can.
I think a key component of the fight with obesity is the diminishing of fast food places, or at least their low prices.
Overall solution to problems with weight is to change your eating habits. I know it is so easy to say but much more difficult to implement. My few personal advices which I am trying to incorporate in my life style:
Do not make complete revolution in your life, it is not going to work for a long period of time. Start with small steps. Remember! The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. Some may ask, what I mean by this. I give you a few examples:
1. Do not force yourself to suddenly stop eating or doing very hard exercised right away every day with definite resolution: I must keep going like that every day. From the very beginning you are doomed to failure. Try to change your habit instead of taking lift use stairs, instated of taking car, walk. Start with small exercise, treat every movement like kind of exercise, cleaning house or walking dogs, try not to spend time sitting in front of your TV, why do not you move while watching, at least hula-hop or a bit of Jumping rope. I walk on treadmill, the amazing results comparable to when I was watching TV laying on the couch. Implement only places where you eat, do not eat in front of TV or computer, when you are focused on watching reading you stop controlling how much food you in take.
2. In case you cannot change habits of partner or family with much healthier food, eat different dishes, when you go out select more healthy dish or just skip or replace non nutrition side dishes like French fries or chips. If you do not have time to cook 2 different meals, eat half of what you used to eat before. I prefer to eat and feel not hungry but this is only possible when you eat lean food, rich in protein.
3. Eliminate from your diet any type of food that does not provide any nutritional value like high sugar or high in fat. If you fail one or 2 times eating them do not come back again to habit of eating them like before. Try to think wisely about what your body needs to give you a good energy level.
4. Try to force yourself every day to something to fight with your weaknesses and your temptation.
5. Set a time for the last meal in the day after that you do not eat after, for example after 7pm. I noticed the biggest weight loss if not eating in the late evening.
6. Find the sport you really like to do, if you do not like something if you try to do at least short time, you may be surprise you will suddenly start to like it, as your body condition increases every time you do it again. I hated swimming, in high school I was attending to one of the school in my city that had private swimming pool, I had PE at the pool once a week and I hated that I tried to avoid as much as possible. Recently a friend asked me to go with her and we started to swim, my condition comparable to her was very poor, but after a while I noticed it improved and I even started to like it. You may be surprised that activity you hated may turn to something that you start to like. Depend on city you live and the available sport activity there are plenty like: dancing, badminton, table tennis, aerobic, yoga, cycling, jogging, walking, tennis, I am pretty sure that there must be a kind of activity you loved when being a kid? Any sport it is much better to do it in a group or with friend. Buy X-box you can train sport with your kid or partner instead of sitting in and watching TV.
7. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. I was bored with the same diet and wanted to see if my bad habit of not eating in the first part of the day but second influence on weight gain. I was very surprised that when eating breakfast and big lunch and very little to nothing in the afternoon, make a weight loss, while doing reverse starving all morning and just eating a lot in the afternoon did not make any weight drop and sometimes even gain. You need to observe your body and try different things do not gave up. Each human and body is different, each of has different motivation and different temptation.
8. Nourish the mind like you would your body, the mind cannot survive on junk food. I strongly believe that everything is happening in our head. I believe in power of human mind. Instead of getting positive feeling from food why do not we go and get it from a nice movie, book, theater, art. Something that is for our soul. Feed your soul not the stomach. The emotions you feel after you do something inspiring, will replace the hunger and you stop thinking about the food. Believe in power of your brain, mind. Change the way you see the things and the things you see will change. Remember most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond it looked like their greatest failure.
9. Imagine no limitations decide what is right and desirable before you decide what is possible for you to achieve. Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. Some people live simply to exist, others know they exist so they can truly liv
The cross line between dieting and eating disorders is so invisible that by a few short moment become blind to see it!
Famous people who have DIED from Eating Disorders:
Karla Alvarez: Karla Alvarez’ death has been confirmed as resulting from a cardiopulmonary arrest because of the 41-year-old actress’ struggles with bulimia and anorexia. The tragic, untimely death of the star is a reminder of the prevalence of eating disorders among celebrities who are constantly under public scrutiny and forced to keep up a public image that often conforms to a non-realistic body image.
Karen Carpenter (musician): Went on a water diet to lose weight and, as she put it, to appear more attractive. Continued to diet even after losing 20 lbs, until her death at the age of 32. She died of cardiac arrest due to anorexia.
Isabella Caro: French Model who did shocking anti-anorexia billboards in Italy.
Ana Carolina Reston: Brazilian model, starved herself to death in 2006.
Theresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005): Her physician failed to recognize and diagnose bulimia
Margaux Hemmingway: actress, model, suffered with bulimia
Christy Henrich (gymnast): In 1988, Christy was told by a U.S. judge that she had to lose weight in order to make the Olympic team. She died of multiple organ failure, as a result of anorexia, at the age of 22.
Heidi Guenther (ballet dancer): After being told by a theatre company that at 5’5″ in height and 96 lbs in weight she was too chunky, she developed an eating disorder. She collapsed and died at the age of 22 due to complications from her eating disorder.
Leila Pahlavi: The youngest daughter of the late Shah of Iran stole prescriptions from the desk of her doctor in order to feed her fatal addiction to barbiturates, an inquest heard yesterday. Princess Leila Pahlavi, 31, died alone in her suite at a London hotel after taking prescription drugs and cocaine. She was found in bed, her body emaciated by years of anorexia and bulimia.
Luisel Ramos: (born 12 April 1984 – August 2, 2006) was an Uruguayan model. On August 2, 2006, at 9:15 p.m., Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa while participating in a fashion show during Fashion Week in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ramos had felt ill after walking the runway and subsequently fainted on her way back to the dressing room. She died at the age of 22. Ramos’ father told police that she had gone “several days” without eating. She was reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce and Diet Coke for the three months before her death. In the wake of Ramos’ death, Madrid Fashion Week (held in September 2006) set a minimum BMI of 18 for all models. In December that year, Italian fashion designers banned size zero models from walking down their catwalks. On February 13, 2007, Luisel’s 18-year-old sister Eliana Ramos, also a model, died at her grandparents’ home in Montevideo of an apparent heart attack, believed to be related to malnutrition.
Anne Sexton: American poet Anne Sexton (1928-1974), who was sexually abused in childhood and committed suicide at the age of 46, suffered from anorexia and depression.
Paula Abdul: Dancer, choreograph and singer Paula Abdul (American Idol Judge) battled bulimia and decided to check herself in a clinic, back in 1994. Her negative feelings about her own body image came as early as seven years old when she began dancing, but “it didn’t manifest into a full-blown eating disorder until I was in high school.” Today Paula Abdul is a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association. Paula courageously speaks out about her own past battles, in hopes of encouraging young women to take the scary, but necessary, steps to seek help. “It is one of the toughest things to talk about, bar none, and it is one of the hardest disorders to deal with because it’s not black or white. Eating disorders really have nothing to do with food, it’s about feelings.”
Lily Allen: Singer, Model has talked openly about her bulimia.
Maria Conchita Alonso: Beauty pageant winner and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, the first contemporary international Latina superstar, recently began speaking out about her struggle with bulimia. Struggling with the condition for nearly a decade, resulting in damage to her esophagus and her teeth, she eventually sought help for the self-destructive syndrome. With the help of a balanced diet, exercise, and a physician specializing in eating disorders, Maria has learned to control her condition. She also shares her story with audiences across the country in hopes of helping the millions of people afflicted with eating disorders.
Christine Alt: Model Christine Alt (Carol Alt’s sister) developed an eating disorder under the pressure to slim down from modeling agencies and clients. “I think that half the women in this world who are plus-size would not be if they never went on a diet.”
Magali Amadei: Magali Amadei has appeared on the covers of fashion magazines. She’s been on TV commercials, billboards and even in movies! With all that success, you’d think that she would have tons of confidence. But for many years, Magali suffered from bulimia.
Fiona Apple: Singer and songwriter Fiona Apple became anorexic after being raped outside of her mother’s home at the age of twelve. She says she was not anorexic out of a desire to be thin, but as a reaction to being raped. She also admitted to having self-injurious behaviors in the past.
Imogen Bailey: She’s been called one of Australia’s sexiest models, but the actress recently revealed her battle with anorexia and how she is now healthy.
The Barbie Twins: Pinup and model sisters Sia and Shane Barbi – known as the Barbi Twins – battled anorexia and bulimia. The sisters have written a book about their struggles with an eating disorder (Barbie Twins – Dying To Be Healthy: Millennium Dieting and Nutrition) and are touring through schools and colleges, raising eating disorder awareness.
Justine Bateman: Former ‘Family Ties’ actress Justine Bateman struggled with bulimia. Justine is now an activist for recovery and speaks from time to time at eating disorder support groups about her experiences with an eating disorder.
Amanda Beard: US Olympic gold-medal swimmer and winner of 7 medals openly discussed her battle with eating disorders. She revealed she had Bulimia. It all started after Beard won her first gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics when she was only 14 years old.
Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted struggling with an eating disorder in the early days of the Spice Girls, after years “in denial”. “I was very obsessed. I mean, I could tell you the fat content and the calorie content in absolutely anything,” she told ABC’s 20/20 in 2003. While being a Spice Girl, Victoria was under a lot of pressure from the management to lose weight and stay slim. Beckham also said that bandmate Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) encouraged her and Melanie C (Sporty Spice) to do sports and take liquid meal substitutes. Victoria eventually started to binge eat and in one passage from her autobiography she describes eating 10 bowls of cereals at once. In her book “Learning To Fly”, which also contains a lot of pictures of the star, Victoria talks about her obsession with her appearance and describes her illness.
Kate Beckinsale: Actress Kate Beckinsale struggled with an eating disorder during her teen years, before she decided to start acting. She has frankly spoken in interviews about her eating problem. Thanks to the support of her family and therapy Kate was able to recover from anorexia. “People keep asking me about it but I don’t want to be famous for being a former anorexic.”
Catherine Bell: ‘JAG’ actress Catherine Bell struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Alexis Bellino: Reality TV Star of The Real Housewives of Orange County. “I suffered from both anorexia and bulimia.
Troian Bellisario struggled with eating disorder and self harming as a teen. Actress Troian Bellisario has revealed she struggled with an eating disorder and self-harming issues as a teenager. The Pretty Little Liars star explains the pressure she felt to be perfect led to the destructive behaviour. She tells Seventeen magazine, “I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl. My school was a very intense college prep school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. “I just thought if I ever expressed to (my parents) any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior. “I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school. Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own, but you’re not an adult; you’re fighting with your parents over responsibilities and freedom. “I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”
Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J. Tanner on “Full House,” says she became bulimic when she moved to Montreal with her hockey player husband. Bure talked about her eating disorder in an interview with “Omg! Insider.” In the interview, she said she grew up as a child actress without eating disorders, thanks to her parents and the “Full House” producers. But she said she started using food as a comforter after she married Valeri Bure in 1996 and moved to Montreal, where he was then playing with the Canadians. “Clearly it wasn’t a healthy way to deal with things,” she said. “That’s really when my faith was kicked up a notch, and I sought comfort in my relationship with God and not with food.”
Amanda Bynes: An American actress, singer and fashion designer who says she has an eating disorder.
Kasey Chambers: Australian country singer revealed she had an eating disorder triggered by the stresses of living up to her music career success.
Melanie Chisholm: Singer Melanie Chisholm (Melanie C – former Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering from an eating disorder and depression. Throughout the time she was in the “Spice Girls”, Melanie alternated between starving herself and excessive exercise. “My mum assumed my tiny body was a result of being busy with the band and working out regularly.”
Nadia Comaneci: gymnast
Katie Couric: Couric, famous talk show host, disclosed that she had had her own struggles with bulimia. “I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” she said, describing the guilt she felt at eating a single cookie or chewing a stick of gum that wasn’t sugar-free. It began, she said, when she learned she had been turned down by the college she most wanted to attend.
Couric was a likely candidate for an eating disorder. “Like a lot of young women, I was struggling with my body image,” she said, “and feeling like I wasn’t good enough or attractive enough or thin enough.” She termed her figure at the time as “curvy,” and not the cultural ideal, which she identified as “five-foot-eight and weighing 115 pounds. It can be so difficult to embrace the body that you have if it doesn’t fit with the ideal. Women get praised for being super-thin, so you keep striving to be that way.” She said her disorder “ebbed and flowed” through the years. “Some periods were worse than others, when I was binging and purging a lot,” she said. “I’d have a piece of gum that wasn’t sugarless and then say, ‘Oh! I’ve been bad,’ and then feel so terrible that I would eat and throw up. It was awful.
“But what I’m describing is something so many people have gone through or are going through,” she noted, “and it’s so damaging, both psychically and physically.”
Nina Davuluri: the 2013 Miss New York and then Miss America 2013 — Davuluri herself has spoken openly about her struggle with bulimia in college, telling TODAY.com that while winning the Miss America crown on would be nice, her real goal is to use her public platform to promote healthy eating and realistic beauty standards. She said that even her family had difficulty comprehending her disease.
Sandra Dee: Model and actress Sandra Dee struggled with an eating disorder and a drinking problem for decades. “I was anorexic for many years – even before people knew what it was – they didn’t even have a name for it back then.”
Susan Dey: Actress Susan Dey battled anorexia and bulimia. Susan was so underweight and malnourished she stopped having menstrual periods and her fingers turned orange from eating almost nothing but carrots.
Diana, Princess of Wales: Princess Diana struggled with an eating disorder and also admitted that she used to self-harm herself. The following is an extract of an interview of Princess Diana about her battle with bulimia – “I had bulimia for a number of years. And that’s like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It’s like having a pair of arms around you, but it’s temporarily, temporary. Then you’re disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it’s a repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to yourself.” Diana also admitted in a television interview that she intentionally cut her arms and legs and had thrown herself down a flight of stairs on more than one occasion.
Kate Dillon: Model Kate Dillon struggled with anorexia for seven years while working as a top print and runway model. Even though she was underweight, she was told by photographers to lose some more weight. She quit modeling for a while and worked on her body image and recovery. Kate now works as “plus-size” model and is a spokesperson for an eating disorder organization. I love my body.” … “I’ve done better as a ‘big’ girl than most ‘skinny’ girls do as skinny models, so it’s been amazing. But what’s more amazing is that I did it on my own terms.”
Elisa Donovan: Actress Elisa Donovan (Sabrina – The Teenage Witch, Clueless) suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
Michelle Duggar, from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting–mother to all 19 of the Duggar clan, battled an eating disorder during her teenage years.
Sally Field: Actress Sally Field struggled with an eating disorder in the past. Sally began her three-year battle with anorexia and bulimia at the age of 20. “Everybody then was Twiggy, except me.”
Calista Flockhart: Actress Calista Flockhart admitted after years of being in denial that she struggled with anorexia while filming the TV show ‘Ally Mc Beal’. “I started under-eating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system.”
Jane Fonda: Award-winning actress Jane Fonda revealed several years ago that she had been a secret bulimic from age 12, and struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 30 years. Jane became one of the first Hollywood actresses to break the silence and talk openly about eating disorders and campaigned to raise awareness about anorexia and bulimia. In her autobiography “My Life So Far”, Jane honestly talks about her 30 year battle with eating disorders.
Bethenny Frankel: Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel overcame a painful and destructive childhood to have a successful career and a happy home life. She is the author of the book Naturally Thin. She suffered from anorexia and bulimia starting from adolescence.
Cynthia French: Singer, songwriter and publisher Cynthia French struggled with eating disorders in the past and has begun touring the country speaking publicly about her experiences with eating disorders and how she overcame them. Cynthia wrote a book called “Humanville” which is spiritually based novel about a young women who tries to become a famous singer and also struggles with both, bulimia and anorexia.
Anna Freud: Sigmund Freud’s daughter, who was also a psychotherapist, documented that she struggled with anorexia when she was younger.
Lady Gaga: born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has talked about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia at the beginning of her career — starting when she was only 15.
Zina Garrison: once attracted admiration on the tennis courts. Although she was ranked in the top five and even won an Olympic gold medal, Zina struggled to conquer bulimia for years. After a divorce, she returned to the binge-and-purge problems that had plagued her for so long. Now she is eager to achieve her weight loss goals and learn about what really constitutes healthy diets. “Everybody has something that they are dealing with,” pointed out Zina. “The difference is that people choose not to deal with it, or they can be very skinny and still have problems. A lot of times society makes it seem like you’re healthy because you’re small, and that’s not true.”
Greta Gleissner: Ms. Gleissner thought achieving her dream of becoming a Rockette in New York City would help her overcome her eating disorder. In her book, “Something Spectacular,” she recounts how it only sent her bulimia into a downward spiral.
Tracy Gold: Actress Tracey Gold suffered from an eating disorder and was first diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 12. She went into treatment and recovered after only a couple of months. But at the age of 19, in 1988, she relapsed and fell back into the vicious cycle of anorexia. Tracey eventually recovered and resumed her acting career which was effected negatively by her eating disorder. In 1994 Tracey played a young woman suffering from anorexia in the TV movie “For the Love of Nancy” which based on the true story of anorexia victim Nancy Walsh. She also played Carol Seaver on “Growing Pains.”
Kathy Griffin: Comedian and Actress has talked openly about her battles with Bulimia.
Fiona Grindlay: MasterChef Australia’s Fiona Grindlay reveals she battled bulimia as a youngster and how cooking potentially saved her life. Scottish native Fiona Grindlay has revealed she hasn’t always had a good relationship with food and used to battle with bulimia in her late teens to early twenties. Not only does Fiona want to keep building her relationship with food after her heartbreaking past but she also wants to help other people with bulimia to overcome their mental health condition.
Kristen Haglund: Miss America. She said she battled anorexia at the age of 16. Thanks to her family’s intervention, Kristen got the help she needed and went on to win the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
Geri Halliwell: Singer Geri Halliwell (former Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering from bulimia and binge eating for several years. “I realized I couldn’t control this monster anymore. I needed to find help.” Her piece of advice for those who are struggling – “I can honestly tell you from personal experience, that worrying about an eating disorder really can get you down. There’s nothing to be ashamed about. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to your whole life if you tell someone you trust. There are lots of people who want to help and you really CAN’T fight this one on your own. It might be a hard decision to make, to tell people and to seek help but, trust me it’s nowhere as hard as trying to deal with it on your own.” Geri has written a book called “Just For The Record” in which she talks with brutal honesty about her life, including battling and overcoming eating disorders, which she has struggled with since childhood.
Ashley Hamilton: Hamilton, Star in Iron Man 3, whose band The Wondergirls also performs the song “Let’s Go All the Way” on the soundtrack with Robbie Williams. The 38-year-old son of George Hamilton has had more than his fair share of troubles when it came to drug and alcohol abuse. After staying sober for more than six years and getting his career back on track, Hamilton found that he still had one serious problem that needed attention. “I suffered from bulimia and anorexia,” he tells PEOPLE MAGAZINE, speaking publicly for the first time about the eating disorder he’s had since he was a teenager. “I believe it was my problem before I got into drugs and alcohol. I used the drugs and alcohol to control the food addiction.” Within the past year Hamilton sought treatment for his disorder, which he admits he still struggles with. “I don’t have it perfect now. I’ve been free from bulimia for years but I still struggle with food, restricting or overeating. That’s been the hardest for me in sobriety,” he admits, noting that during his teen years his nickname was Fatley.
Amy Heckerling: Director/writer: In high school, she was anorexic. And, more recently, she said, “I had an eating disorder because I was going through something that was depressing me. And I didn’t feel like eating. It wasn’t that I thought I’d look cuter and be more popular. That certainly was long gone. I come from a family of heavy women, so I’ve always been really scared.”
Mariel Hemingway: Actress Mariel Hemingway (granddaughter of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway) was born into a troubled family. She was growing up under the shadow of her grandfather’s suicide, and years later also Mariel’s middle sister Margaux committed suicide. Mariel Hemingway had a turbulent life and also struggled with a severe eating disorder. In her book “Finding My Balance: a Memoir with Yoga”, Mariel talks about her life, childhood and family relationships, early success and fame, personal battles with her own inner demons, and how yoga and motherhood helped her reconnect with herself and become centered.
Audrey Hepburn: Actress Audrey Hepburn struggled with anorexia and depression – which was unknown to the public during her career. She was known to lose weight under pressure and to be “strange” about food. Rumor has it that current actresses are being “harassed” by the media who points to Audrey as an example of a thin woman without an eating disorder, but that was NOT the case!
Felicity Huffman: Actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) battled both bulimia and anorexia from her teens into her 20s.
Janet Jackson: Singer Janet Jackson has been quoted in the media as having an ongoing battle with an eating disorder.
Elton John: Elton John has gone public about his struggles with bulimia, as well as a less common eating disorder of chewing and spitting.
Sue Johnston: The UK Actress has spoken of her struggle with depression and her secret “eating demon” – bulimia. The much-loved star of TV’s The Royal Family and Waking the Dead claims that feelings of self-loathing sparked a 10-year battle with the eating disorder that reached crisis point when she became a household name. In her new autobiography, Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, Sue reveals how she fell into “a disgusting, continuing cycle of gorging and purging” as bulimia took over her life.
Leighton Jordan: Miss Georgia announced that she’s spent years battling eating disorders. She says she began struggling with an eating disorder after starting ballet at the age of 12. Within two years, Jordan says she developed anorexia and later struggled with bulimia.
Wynonna Judd: Country singer and songwriter Wynonna Judd (one half of the legendary mother-daughter duo ‘The Juddds’, and sister of actress Ashley Judd who does not struggle with an eating disorder but was in therapy because of major depression), who also suffered sexual abuse as a child, struggles with emotional eating and is on her journey towards healthy eating. “It’s not about size, I’ll let that take care of itself. The work I’m doing is inside. The physical will follow the mental and spiritual and emotional.” In her book “Coming Home To Myself”, Wynonna tells her story and gives readers an honest insight in her life and emotions.
Franz Kafka: Poet Franz Kafka, who wrote the short story “The Hunger Artist”, suffered from anorexia.
Diane Keaton: Struggled with Bulimia to the point where it destroyed her teeth and she needed to have them recapped.
Zoe Kravitz: The actress daughter of Lenny Kravitz has revealed she was a victim to the crippling eating disorders between the ages of 13 and 17 because she felt frustrated about her looks. She admitted: “I was bulimic and anorexic in high school. I felt as though food had this power over me. Instead of looking at food the way you should, to be thankful that it nourishes your body, it becomes an enemy in some strange way, which is a really sad thing, and it’s a lot about anger.” The 26-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet explained the illnesses began when she started comparing herself to models, which made her feel like “the odd one out”. She said: “I was mad that I didn’t look like the girls in the magazines and I was torturing myself. I didn’t feel attractive.” However, as she got older she managed to overcome her issues with food and decided she wanted to “respect” her body, which is why she now ensures she always eats well. It got to the point where I had to make the decision for myself that I would stop. You have to want to be done.
Joanna Krupa: Joanna Krupa hasn’t always been the strong self-confident model viewers have come to know on The Real Housewives of Miami. The Poland native, 34, struggled with an eating disorder when she was trying to make it as a model. “I gained weight and struggled to lose it quickly in order to pursue my dreams of being a model,” she says. “Being 20 years old, I had no idea how to lose weight fast and laxatives were an easy way out.” While Krupa managed to break her unhealthy habits before it was too late, the Bravo star is grateful she’s in a much better place. “Thank God I didn’t hurt myself and stopped,” she says.
Stacy London: “What Not to Wear” star Stacy London, in her early 20s, battled anorexia and compulsive overeating. With extreme dieting that led to anorexia, London whittled her 5-foot-7 frame down to 90 pounds. “I felt like I’d never had a serious boyfriend and I really wanted to be attractive,” she told People magazine. London’s weight struggles shifted after a brief hospitalization. The TLC star turned to binge eating, which brought her to 180 pounds a year later. London chronicles her weight struggles in her new book, “The Truth About Style.” She hopes her story will help others who battle eating disorders.
Kim MacKenzie: Ms. Norway 2014 has openly admitted to battling with bulimia.
Zosia Mamet: Columnist Zosia Mamet is an actress on Girls. “I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child. This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew was raging inside me. I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I nearly died.”
Kellie Martin: Actress Kellie Martin developed anorexia when she was cast in “Life Goes On”. Actress Tracey Gold (who also struggled with an eating disorder in the past) convinced her to seek help.
Maureen McCormick: Actress (The Brady Bunch) struggled with bulimia as an adolescent.
Mary McDonough: Actress (The Waltons) struggled with an eating disorder.
Nicola McLean: an English glamour model and media personality has had a public battle with bulimia and anorexia leaving her at one point weighing only 6 stone.
Katherine McPhee: Singer Katharine McPhee, American Idol runner-up, struggled with bulimia while auditioning for American Idol in San Francisco in August 2005. She suffered from an eating disorder for 6 years, since she was 17 years old. After her audition was successful, Katharine decided to get help. “My bulimia was really getting out of control.” She enrolled at Los Angeles’s Eating Disorder Center of California, where she spent three months undergoing group and individual therapy six days a week. Katharine says today that American Idol has saved her life. She believes that if she didn’t audition for the show, she would probably still struggle. Katharine has learned that there is no “bad” food – you can have everything as long as you watch how much you eat.
Skyler Moon: WWE NXT talent Skyler Moon (the former Buggy Nova) had been admitted into WWE sponsored rehab. She posted on her Twitter account and revealed that she has an eating disorder.
Alanis Morissette: Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has admitted that she has struggled with anorexia and bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18 when she was trying to break into the music business. She wrote the song “Perfect” (from Jagged Little Pill album), inspired by her eating disorder recovery.
Thandie Newton: Actress Thandie Newton says she used to suffer from bulimia and still bears the scars. Newton, who won best supporting actress at last year’s BAFTA awards for her role in ‘Crash.’ Thandie developed the eating disorder at the age of 14 while training at dance school. She told about how she suffered from “horrible bulimia for about a year”, saying: “I’ve still got the scars on my knuckles from where I put my fingers down my throat.” The actress said a therapist in L.A. helped her overcome her battle with food, in her mid-twenties.
Barbara Niven: actress
Mary-Kate Olsen: Actress Mary-Kate Olsen (‘The Olsen Twins’) checked into an eating disorder treatment center and underwent treatment for anorexia after months of speculation and rumors about her thin appearance and denying of being anorexic. Mary-Kate celebrated beating her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her. She donated thousands of dollars worth of designer clothes to a thrift store in Hollywood. Mary-Kate has gained a bit of weight again and is happy with her new-found curves and also decided to keep the weight on and to get rid of her skinny wardrobe.
Sharon Osbourne: (married to Ozzy Osbourne), who has survived deadly colon cancer in the past, has confessed she has been suffering from bulimia for 35 years and she is still struggling. “I’ve been able to conquer just about everything except bulimia.” Sharon had gastric bypass surgery but still battles with her eating disorder.
Carre Otis: Top fashion model and actress Carrie Otis starved herself for about 17 years and nearly died in her quest for thinness. Today, she is healthy and trying to educate other women about the deadly dangers of eating disorders. “I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling. My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin.”
Catherine Oxenberg: Actress Catherine Oxenberg (daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a distant relative of Britain’s royal family; she played Princess Di in ‘The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana’ in 1982, and also 1992 in ‘Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After’), who was also sexually abused within the family as a child, struggled with an eating disorder for 20 years and finally found the strength to beat bulimia and successfully won this battle. “I really thought I would never get through it. I’d put myself in rehab and I would be fine for nine months and then I’d blow it again.” Catherine also said that her bulimia had massive physical repercussions on her body. “I destroyed my teeth because you’re vomiting hydrochloric acid so that acid eats away at the enamel in your teeth, so I’ve had horrendous problems with my teeth.”
Alexandra Paul: Actress Alexandra Paul (Baywatch) struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Syliva Plath: Poet and author Syliva Plath struggled with an eating disorder and depression.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of Jersey Shore admitted that she had an eating disorder (anorexia) in high school. Snooki says her eating disorder stemmed out of her fear of being replaced on the cheerleading squad by thinner, younger freshmen.
Scarlett Pomers: ‘Reba’ actress Scarlett Pomers spoke openly about her battle with anorexia and road to recovery on the Tyra Banks Show in February 2006. She didn’t speak about her weight and didn’t reveal any methods of her weight loss because she doesn’t want other sufferers to use them as diet tips. Scarlet has established her Arch-Angels Fund with NEDA to raise awareness and funds for eating disorders advocacy, education and treatment.
Stephanie Pratt : Reality TV star of “The Hills.” Pratt has discussed her struggles with bulimia and self-esteem issues, as well as her battles with substance abuse.
Jaime Pressly: Actress from NBC’s hit My Name Is Earl.
Dennis Quaid: The actor says he battled anorexia in the mid-1990s, around the time he shed 40 lbs. for the role of Doc Holliday in the film Wyatt Earp, the New York Post reports. In the period the film portrays, Holliday was dying of tuberculosis, and Quaid lost the weight to capture the gaunt look of a man near death. “My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool,” Quaid admits, describing what he suffered from as “manorexia.” “I wasn’t bulimic, but I could understand what people go through with that.” But, like other people who suffer from the disease, he had an entirely different image of himself. “I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds,” he says.
Tara Reid: American Pie actress Tara Reid struggled with anorexia after the breakup with fiance MTV DJ Carson Daly.
LPGA star Beatriz Recari has become one of the leading celebrity spokespeople for the treatment of eating disorders and Thursday she led a huge field at the “Beatriz Recari and Friends Alliance Golf Classic” at PGA National. All the proceeds went to benefit the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. The Spaniard struggled with an eating disorder early in her career and now she goes around the world to help people struggling with the disease.
Christina Ricci. The onetime ‘Pan Am’ and ‘Addams Family’ star’s eating disorder was reportedly triggered by something she saw on television. “At the time that I was starting to diet and stuff, I saw this TV movie, and I thought, ‘Ooh – anorexia. I could probably do that.’” The actress has since recovered and looks great.
Joan Rivers: Comedian and author Joan Rivers battled bulimia for years.
Gretchen Rossi: Real Housewives of Orange County star says she suffered from bulimia since high school but has recovered, thanks to therapy and self-acceptance. “I got healthy,” reveals Rossi. Gretchen says recovering from an eating disorder wasn’t easy. “My best friend busted me in the bathroom, and then my parents found out,” Rossi says. “That’s when I decided to seek therapy.” She adds: “I decided that I was going to make a difference, and I went and got my personal training license and nutritional license. Then I worked as a personal trainer, nutritionist and aerobics instructor.” “This is the best weight I’ve ever been at, and this is the best I feel like I’ve ever looked.”
Portia de Rossi: Former ‘Ally McBeal’ actress Portia de Rossi admitted to an eating disorder and blamed Hollywood’s pressure to stay skinny for developing an eating disorder.
Ronda Rousey: UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey opened up about her struggle with Bulimia. ” I struggled with bulimia and all these things for years. I was unhappy. I had to attend to all of the other things in my life, like my career and my training, to get to a point where I trained just because I loved it. I didn’t even know that was what I wanted, but I made myself happy first and then got the “oh wow” body.” Rousey says victory came when she decided she’d had enough. “(An ex-boyfriend) convinced me that it is as easy as making a decision. All I had to do to stop was decide to stop. It was just one decision away. That made me realize that so many difficult things in my life were just one decision away from changing.”
Nicole Scherzinger: During a bombshell interview for VH1′s Behind the Music, singer and former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger joined the recent weight and body image conversation, revealing that she battled bulimia for years while she performed with girl group the Pussycat Dolls.
Lacey Schwimmer: Lacey Schwimmer on “Dancing With the Stars” as Lance Bass’ partner in 2008. Lacey has been on the show three seasons, but she has been hiding a deep personal secret – her battle with anorexia. Now, Lacey is coming forward in the hopes of helping others. Lacey’s eating disorder began at 13 while training for 10 hours a day as a dancer.
Monica Seles: Has talked about her struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, “It took a while until I felt comfortable talking about it.” “That’s one of the reasons I decided to raise awareness that binge eating is a real medical condition.” Seles, says she developed the disorder as an adult while dealing with pressures of being an athlete and her dad’s battle with prostate cancer, as well as trying to recover from being stabbed on the court in 1993. “My eating was just uncontrollable,” she says.
Ally Sheedy: Actress Ally Sheedy (best known for her role in the 1985 hit “The Breakfast Club”) struggled with anorexia and bulimia in the past and at one point also was addicted to pain killer medications.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) battled with an eating disorder and spoke publicly about her eating problem and her addiction to exercising. She uses her celebrity to raise awareness about eating disorders and is now a spokesperson for the NEDA. Jamie wrote a book called ” Wise Girl – What I’ve Learned About Life, Love, and Loss” and openly shares her story about her struggles with an eating disorder, how her obsession with weight nearly destroyed her career and the dark side of overnight success. “It is a tough thing to talk about it, but it is actually therapeutic for me.”
Richard Simmons: Fitness and diet guru Richard Simmons suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
Ashlee Simpson: Singer Ashlee Simpson (sister of singer and actress Jessica Simpson) has publicly admitted that she battled with an eating disorder during her pre-teen years. “I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders.”
Yeardley Smith: Actress and voice talent Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson on “The Simpsons) suffered from bulimia for 25 years. Her eating disorder started when she was about 13 years old. Coincidentally, her character Lisa Simpson suffered through an eating disorder in the episode “Sleeping with the Enemy”. She is currently performing in a one-woman show called “More” where she exposes her eating disorder.
Courtney Thorne-Smith: Former ‘Ally Mc Beal’ actress Courtney Thorne-Smith battled an eating disorder. Courtney developed anorexia due to the pressure to be thin. Her slide into anorexia led her to quit the television show ‘Ally Mc Beal’.
Meredith Vieira: Former ‘The View’ co-host Meredith Vieira said that she had an eating disorder and body images issues when she was younger. Meredith now has a yearlong series called ‘Meredith’s Club’ which designed to help educate children on healthy eating and the importance of exercise.
Tallulah Willis: Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah opened up about her past issues with her body image. She admitted that she was diagnosed with an eating disorder and had trouble living her life in the public eye due to her famous parents. “I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I’m diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f–king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more than the people that loved me because why would the people who loved me be honest?”
Peta Wilson: Actress and model Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) suffered from an eating disorder. She developed her eating disorder because of her parents’ divorce and the pressure of modeling.
Oprah Winfrey: The most influential person on TV, Oprah Winfrey, who was raped at the age of nine by her nineteen year old cousin and repeatedly sexually abused, struggled with disordered eating. Oprah, who said about her weight “It’s always a struggle. I’ve felt safer and more protected when I was heavy.
Kate Winslet: British actress Kate Winslet (Titanic, Sense and Sensibility) has admitted to struggling with eating disorders and Kate is honest and outspoken about her life-long weight problems. “My uncle is a chef. My mother is a fantastic cook. We’re all big eaters. It was kind of unavoidable.” In high school, she was a bit heavier and classmates called her “Blubber.” The criticisms led to depression and eating disorders. Today, Kate Winslet is healthy, she loves her body and her curves and refuses to play the ‘super-skinny game’. “I’m happy with the way I am. I’m not like American film stars. I’m naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump it. People think that if a woman isn’t rail-thin, then there must be something wrong with her – it’s such nonsense.”
Angeline Yap: Miss World Singapore finalist was anorexic. For seven long years, she battled her eating disorder. Not only did she lose a lot of weight, she lost nearly all her friends and almost her life. At her lowest, Miss Angeline Yap Siling weighed just 33kg and was, in her mother’s words, a walking skeleton. She mutilated herself and also tried to kill herself. Only after the death of her friend, who also had anorexia nervosa, did Miss Yap finally decide to turn her life around.
Demi Lovato is probably the most open celeb there is. She frequently shares wisdom, as well as true tales, of her struggles with her inner demons, which ranged from self-harm to bi-polar disorder to bulimia. And thanks to her, she and her beloved Lovatics are able to stay strong
Kesha checked into rehab for bulimia. The ‘Tik Tok’ singer explained, “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder… to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.
Lindsay Lohan pened up to Vanity Fair about her super-skinny — and truly terrifying — days in her 2006 era. She told the magazine she suffered from bulimia, saying, “I was sick, and I was scared too. I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take of yourself.’”
Troian Bellisario ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Troian Bellisario admitted she suffered from anorexia. Her struggle to be perfect resulted in not only anorexia, but also self-harm. She explained, “It was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. I just thought if I ever expressed [to my parents] any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior,” she said.
“I felt this sadness, and I thought if people really knew what was going on inside me, they wouldn’t want to hang out with me. So I tried to keep it light and funny. I became imprisoned [by my eating disorder and self-harm]. And it was something I fought with.”
Jessica Alba: The ‘Fantastic Four’ actress revealed that she struggled with her weight, despite having one of the most sought-after bods in Hollywood. “With treatment I have now conquered the fear that drove me to become dangerously thin,” she said.
Kelly Clarkson. The very first ‘American Idol’ and girl power advocate wasn’t always so strongwilled. Kelly Clarkson confessed that in high school, she missed out on a role in a musical that went to a thinner but less talented girl, and it hurt her to her core. “I thought if I came back and I was cuter and thinner, then I’d get the role,” she said. “It wasn’t smart … and I became bulimic for the next six months.” Thankfully, the married mom-to-be is now proud of her curves!
Katharine McPhee: Fellow ‘Idol’ contestant turned erstwhile ‘Smash‘ star Katharine McPhee was envied for her curves and stunning good looks on the show, but she was fighting a private battle throughout. She confessed to suffering from bulimia as a teen, saying, “It was how I dealt with emotions and uncomfortable situations. It was literally a drug.” She said that at her worst point, she was purging seven times a day — and it nearly wrecked her voice. Thankfully, she got help to stay healthy and fit and to keep those pipes powerful.
Snooki: The ‘Jersey Shore’ starlet was under heavy criticism for her weight while she was on the show, but Snooki revealed her up-and-down scale numbers were a result of years of battling an eating disorder. “In high school, I really wouldn’t eat,” she said. “It got so crazy that I would only eat a cracker or a cucumber a day and I would feel full.” The 4’9″ firecracker got help from her school nurse when her weight plummeted to only 80 pounds.
Dance and sport:
Cathy Rigby: gymnast
Dolores O’Riordan (Irish Singer/Songwriter, The Cranberries)
Diana Ross (American singer)
Kate Thornton (British television presenter)
Allegra Versace (heiress to the Versace fashion brand, daughter of Donatella Versace)
Gelsey Kirkland: ballet dancer
Daniel Johns: musician
Dagny Knutson: World champion swimmer
Brittany Snow: actress battled anorexia.