Kate Beckinsale struggled with anorexia as a teenager.
Karen Carpenter suffered from anorexia for much of her adult life. When she was just 32 years old her, heart failed as a result of complications with the eating disorder.
Fiona Apple developed anorexia after being raped when she was just 12 years old. She wanted her body to appear unappealing to potential attackers.
Portia de Rossi
“Arrested Development” actress Portia de Rossi recalled her struggle with anorexia in her book, Unbearable Lightness.
Calista Flockhart has always denied being anorexic, but many people believed that she suffered from the eating disorder during her tenure on “Ally McBeal.”
“Growing Pains” actress Tracey Gold was one of the first celebrities to speak out about her struggles with anorexia.
Mary-Kate Olsen was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 18 years old.
Alanis Morissette was anorexic and bulimic as a teenager. She describes her struggle saying, “I began recovering at 18, when a sweet friend confronted me. A very wise and experienced therapist really helped, too. And as I started getting into women’s issues, suddenly I didn’t feel alone in these quandaries about food and my body. Still, eating issues dogged me through my 20s. I wasn’t as focused on the number on the scale, but I was a workaholic, pulling 24-hour days, so I ate breads and salty processed foods.”
Silverchair singer Daniel Johns opened up about his struggle with anorexia in the song “Ana’s Song.”
Former Spice Girl Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm said that she developed anorexia because of pressure from the media.
Victoria Beckham discussed her struggle with anorexia in her book, Learning to Fly.
Diana Ross said that she developed anorexia during her time at Motown records in her book, Secrets of A Sparrow.
Justine Bateman said that becoming a born-again Christian helped her to overcome her eating disorders.
Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario said that she was anorexic and prone to self-harm when she was a teen.
Sally Field struggled with bulimia and anorexia as a young actress. She said that she felt inferior because all of the other actresses around her were “twiggy.”
Jane Fonda struggled with anorexia and bulimia for over 20 years. Fonda was one of the first actresses to speak out about her experience with eating disorders.
As a young actress in Hollywood, “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman struggled with anorexia and bulimia. She said she used to force herself to throw up six times a day.
Stylist, editor, and “What Not To Wear” co-host Stacy London struggled with anorexia and compulsive eating. London decided to talk about her struggles because she said if you talk about something you obliterate the shame.
Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch reportedly spent two years in treatment for anorexia.
Actress Brittany Snow has battled anorexia. The Hairspray star says that she went through a nine-year struggle during which she starved and cut herself.
“The Partridge Family” star Susan Dey struggled with anorexia and bulimia as a young actress. She even stopped having her period because her weight was so low.
Dennis Quaid struggled with anorexia after he dropped 40 pounds for the role of Doc Holiday in Wyatt Earp. He said he could not pull himself out of the thoughts that he was still too heavy.
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton said that he developed anorexia after dropping 59 pounds for his role in U-Turn.
Iron Man 3 star Ashley Hamilton has struggled with anorexia and bulimia. He ended up turning to drugs and alcohol to deal with the eating disorders.
“Reba” actress Scarlett Pomers underwent two months of intensive treatment to overcome her struggle with anorexia.
Jamie Lynn Sigler
Jamie Lynn Sigler had a public struggle with eating disorders during her time on “The Sopranos.” The actress says that her obsession with weight almost destroyed her career.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is another “Ally McBeal” actress who struggled with eating disorders. Thorne-Smith even left the show because the pressure to be thin was so intense.
Snooki struggled with anorexia during her high school years. She developed the eating disorder after being replaced on her cheerleading squad with a thinner girl.
Tara Reid said that she suffered from anorexia during the time after her breakup with “TRL” host Carson Daly.
Nicole Richie struggled with anorexia in her younger years. The 31-year-old actress says that she can still be critical of her body, but she has come a long way.