Whether youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a super famous celebrity or a regular woman just trying to live her life, dealing with an eating disorder can be terrifying, confusing, and lonely. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs from February 22 to 28, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve rounded up some quotes from celebrities who have been though their own eating disorder battles. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a tough journey, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re proof that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hope.
After getting treatment for an eating disorder, Kesha got candid in Teen Vogue's June 2014 issue. "My whole message is to love who you are and accept all your beautiful imperfections," says the singer. "When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it. To have a breakthrough you have to have a breakdown, and I definitely went through both of thoseÃ¢â‚¬”in hindsight, it saved my life." Later on, she added that "the decision to take control of it is the scariest thing I've ever done, and this is coming from someone who dives with sharks and jumps out of airplanes for fun." Pretty brave, if we do say so ourselves.
Demi Lovato is a body-image crusader. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been an outspoken advocate for loving yourself, from using a killer #tbt to promote self-love to coming up with the perfect comeback to someone who made fun of her size. In a 2013 Access Hollywood interview with her mother, who also dealt with an eating disorder and is in recovery, she revealed that she first started overeating when she was 8 or 9 years old. Eventually, she alternated between starving and making herself throw up. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The issue I had was definitely a mental health issue, and I also had to get help for my trouble, as well as [my mom] did," says Demi. "And then, once I did, we became closer, you know, as mother and daughter. But we also became well as a family. I'm so the proud of her."
Nicole Polizzi, who's now settled down with a husband and two kids, says she's had issues with food restriction in the past: "Cheerleading was my life in high school, but it wasn't always easy for me,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said on Dancing With the Stars in 2013. "I started to be anorexic. There were these little girls coming up, like freshmen, who were literally, like, 70 pounds. And I was like, 'My spot as a flier is going to get taken away.' So I ended up starving myself. I started eating one salad a day, and then it became, like, one cracker a day, and then it became just one grape a day. And thenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦just not eating at all for three days. It was a really, really, bad time for me." Luckily, it got better: "I definitely thought I should bring it up on this show because a lot of kids watch, and I just wanted kids to know they can overcome it," says Nicole. "I think a lot of high school kids go through that; I think every girl struggles with that at some point, so it's important."
Demi MooreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughter Tallulah Willis is only 21, but man, is she wise. In 2014, she participated in a documentary for the project Stylelikeu, bravely stripping down to her skivvies while detailing her past of self-hate. She was diagnosed with body dysmorphia after seeing herself ripped to shreds in tabloids. First, she dressed provocatively to get attention for her figure, but then she swung in the other direction and starved herself down to 95 pounds so she wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem sexy anymore. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If I can use any of the pain that I've gone through, and if... when other girls read it they can be healed a little, even if its the smallest piece, by something I've written or the way I've written it, thats very, very important to me,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says.
As the star of Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff grew up in the spotlight. In her late teens, her health started to suffer for it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got pretty skinny when I was between 17 and 19,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said in 2010. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I literally ate nothing but steamed vegetables and broiled or grilled chicken, with nothing else. I was touring at the time, traveling everywhere, and I felt so run down. Not giving your body enough of what it needs is really dangerous. I regret it because I don't think I was happy then.Ã¢â‚¬Â She turned it around, though, explaining that moderation was a much better way to live: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eating healthily all the time can be boringÃ¢â‚¬”you know, when you take apart the menu and ask for everything on the side? Balance makes me feel good. I feel most healthy when I enjoy small bites of the things I love."
Lady Gaga, a champion of embracing yourself if there ever was one, made a lovely statement through a combination of words and pictures. In 2012, she launched what she called A Body Revolution 2013. Her move was simple: She uploaded photos of herself in just a bra and underwear, hoping her fans post their own photos in an effort to overcome their self-doubt. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Be brave and celebrate with us your Ã¢â‚¬Ëœperceived flaws,' as society tells us," said Gaga. One of the photos was simply captioned, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.Ã¢â‚¬Â Another read, Ã¢â‚¬Å“But today, I join the BODY REVOLUTION.Ã¢â‚¬Â Her mission? Ã¢â‚¬Å“To inspire braveryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and BREED some M$therf*cking COMPASSION.Ã¢â‚¬Â Well said, Gaga!
As the title of her hit show Pretty Little Liars suggests, Troian Bellisario is undeniably gorgeous. But in a 2014 interview on Larry King NOW, she told the truth about her struggles with self-acceptance and why it was originally so hard for her to talk to the press about them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Because its often sensationalized, and that was my problem with when I spoke about it in Seventeen magazine," she says. "I knew I wasnt going to lie to them. You know, they asked me what I was like when I was 17, and I wasnt going to say I was great because I wasnt. I was suffering from a mental disorder. But what I so often find is that it becomes about the facts: Ã¢â‚¬ËœHow much weight did you lose? How were you treated? Were you hospitalized?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ And thats not important to me. What is important is to talk about the feelings, to talk about the help that young girls and young men who have this problem can get if they find that they are suffering.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with an eating disorder, visit the National Eating Disorder Assocation's Web site.
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