Being on the limelight, and public scrutiny, a lot of celebrities struggle achieving and maintaining that perfect body shape, which unfortunately resorted to serious mental health issues adversely affected their lives. Here are just some who openly admitted to had undergone such ordeal.
- Demi Lovato admitted to had undergone therapy for anorexia and bulimia. She had an overall fitness program to recover, and has become an unofficial spokesperson of eating disorders for girls.
- Paula Abdul went to a mental institution in 1994 due to binge eating. After her recovery, she worked for the National Eating Disorder Association advocate young women to ask for help when faced with such illness.
- Lady Gaga became famous not just for her music, but more so of her eccentric fashion statement. Prior gaining success, during her teenage years, she also suffered from anorexia and bulimia.
- Alanis Morissette was a super popular singer / song writer during the late 90s but little did most people know during that time that she was suffering from anorexia due to public pressure.
- On her 1994, Princess Diana made speech regarding eating disorder admitting that she too was bulimic.
Top 3 eating disorders according to eating disorder psychologists in Melbourne:
- Anorexia nervosa. It a fear of gaining weight which prompts those who suffer from it to stop eating. People with this condition see themselves as overweight when in reality they are otherwise. They are also in denial despite obvious physical manifestation, and verbal confirmation from other people that they are underweight. Anorexic people limit and choose food intake. Due to minimal to no food consumption, gastrointestinal diseases such as stomach ulcer is high. Early intervention treatments show more effective way to help anorexic people correct such mental disorder.
- Bulimia nervosa. It is the gorging of food in large quantity, and the urge to purge it afterwards. Purging may be in a form of vomiting or taking laxatives. Excessive exercise may be a form of this, however experts claim it may be debatable. The use of laxatives or diet pills may cause chronic gastric reflux, peptic ulcers and other gastrointestinal diseases.
- Binge eating. It is also called uncontrolled eating with excessive amount of food intake. Overeating results to feeling ashamed or depressed due to weight gain.