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Celebrities who went public with their eating disorder

When you're in the spotlight, so is your weight. These women struggled with their body image and the expectations placed on them before seeking treatment.

Kesha

In January, Kesha entered rehab for bulimia and anorexia, which she had suffered from for several years. “She had a breakdown,” her mother, Pebe Sebert, told People magazine. “She called me from the gas station and admitted how much she’d been throwing up.” Doctors told her “it was a miracle she hadn’t dropped dead onstage.”

Demi Lovato

In 2012, Lovato revealed in the documentary “Stay Strong” that her struggle with bulimia and self-harm didn’t end after she completed rehab in 2010. “I cannot tell you that I haven’t thrown up since treatment, and I cannot tell you that I have not cut myself since treatment,” said the singer. “This has been a daily battle.”In an open letter published in Elle UK last July, Kesha wrote, “I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny, was part of my job.”

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Lady Gaga

When she was hit by critics for her 26-pound weight gain in September 2012, Gaga opened up about her long-term eating issues. “Bulimia & Anorexia since I was 15... My weight/loss/gain since I was child has tormented me,” she wrote for Body Revolution, a section of her website where fans are encouraged to embrace and share their flaws.

Lindsay Lohan
The actress was at the highest point of her career in 2006 when she confessed to struggling with anorexia – as well as drug use and emotional problems – in Vanity Fair. “I was making myself sick,” Lohan said. When she was 19, “Saturday Night Live” star Tina Fey and her producer staged an intervention.

Diane Keaton

Keaton, 68, began her four-year battle with bulimia at age 22, when she was starring in the musical “Hair” and was told to lose 10 pounds. It’s the reason she started binge-eating and purging in secret. “All I did was feed my hunger, so I was an addict,” she told Dr. Oz this May. “A typical dinner was a bucket of chicken, several orders of fries with blue cheese and ketchup, a couple of TV dinners, a quart of soda, pounds of candy, a whole cake and three banana cream pies.”

 
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