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THEN: Though Knightley (left, in 2004) has
admitted she’s not completely happy with her
body, the actress told British Elle,: "I'm trying
to go, 'F– it!,' and have bowls of pasta or
whatever makes me happy."
NOW: Her gaunt look at the London premiere
of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
sparked rumors of an eating disorder. "I...more
THEN: Beyoncé (left, in 2004), whose hit "Bootylicious"
gave women everywhere a reason to flaunt their
curves, has said, "I'm very conscious of being a curvy
woman and I'm very happy that I am a curvy woman."
NOW: The singer-actress confessed she went on a
liquid diet to lose 20 lbs. for her role in the upcoming
movie Dreamgirls, but...more
THEN: The former Spice Girl (left,
in 1996), once known as much for
her curvaceous good looks as her
sassy style, claims bandmate Geri
Halliwell got her addicted to
NOW: Following the birth of her
first son Brooklyn in 1999 (during
which she reportedly gained a
mere 14 lbs.), the mother of three's
weight has been a...more
I got anorexia at 50
Barbara Daub's desire to lose a few
kilos became a deadly obsession.
But unlike the typical young
anorexic, Barbara is a middle-aged
victim of what experts are calling the
'Desperate Housewives Effect'...more
Skinny pressure in sport
They're meant to be the epitome of
fitness. But some female athletes
are hiding eating disorders that
threaten to destroy their careers
Hollywood's deadly diet club
Tinseltown's latest shrinking syndrome has
experts warning extreme weight loss may
Living with anorexia
It doesn't look like a clinic or
hospital but that's the whole idea.
Instead the weatherboard house
with its picturesque windows and
wide verandahs, is a second home
for some of life's most fragile
survivors. Step through the front
door of the Oak House and warmth
seems to seep from every corner.
Out of hiding
The Border Mail
Little voices in Haley Seaton's
head lead her on the road of
anorexia until her family
discovered the Oak House and a
new approach to treating what is a
mental illness. Now she is well on
the way to the happiness she has
not known for years. ...more
talks about her
here or click
image to read.
2007 news...Olsen Treated for
Teen star Mary-Kate Olsen has
checked into a rehab clinic to seek
help for a "health-related issue,"
according to a statement released
by her spokesperson, her publicist
said Tuesday, a little more than a
week after her 18th birthday.
Once indistinguishable from her
twin sister Ashley, the brunette
Mary-Kate has been noticeably
thinner in recent months, leading
to speculation that she might
suffer from an eating disorder.
8/09 From a young age, Crystal Renn aspired to be a model. At the age of
fourteen when most young women develop, she was told to lose nine inches
off her weight before she could even get a chance to model.
Renn formed an eating disorder, and went from almost 5'8" 175 pounds, to 95
pounds and about two inches taller. This made her 95 pounds at 5'9" and yet
the industry, as well as magazine patrons at the time (this was in the mid to
late 90's), saw nothing wrong with that image.
She had a successful career and moved to New York City from Mississippi,
yet did not feel validation until she conquered the eating disorder. Once
conquered, Crystal Renn, with new validation, began her career as a plus size
model with Ford and has never been happier.
At the mere age of 23, Crystal plateaus to a higher level of infamy and has
graced the pages of Vogue, walked the runway for Gautier, Vena Cava &
Heatherette, and has done ads for Dolce&Gabbana. (Crystal Renn is one of
the top models for Lane Bryant & Evan's Clothing for plus sizes.) Renn
recently done an interview with Stylist.com, sharing intimate details about her
life as a model including her struggles with her eating disorder, being a plus
sized model and her new book.
At one part in the interview, Crystal was asked why she decided to write the
book. Her response was, "I could only reach a certain number of people
through magazine interviews and I wanted to take it to the next level and go
into greater depths about my story. One of the messages I wanted to get out
was that no matter who you are or where you are, you can accomplish your
dreams. I'm a girl from Clinton, Mississippi, and here I am in New York. I also
wanted to talk about body acceptance and help women feel empowered."
Maybe that's what society has the biggest problem with, body acceptance. If
society as a whole learned to accept their own bodies first, they could have a
better understanding of beauty and what it means to be beautiful from the
To say Crystal Renn is a role model would be a vast understatement. From
Baby Boomers to Gen Y, Crystal is one iconic proof that no matter what age or
size, if you have a dream, you can achieve it. view a slide show of her
photos... click here.
9/1/09 Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number
of people suffering from a serious psychological condition
characterised by an obsession with healthy eating.
The condition, orthorexia nervosa, affects equal numbers of men
and women, but sufferers tend to be aged over 30, middle-class
The condition was named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman,
in 1997, and is described as a "fixation on righteous eating". Until a
few years ago, there were so few sufferers that doctors usually
included them under the catch-all label of "Ednos" – eating
disorders not otherwise recognised. Now, experts say, orthorexics
take up such a significant proportion of the Ednos group that they
should be treated separately.
"I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a
few years ago," said Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic
Association's mental health group. "Other eating disorders focus
on quantity of food but orthorexics can be overweight or look
normal. They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they
put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to
their personal understanding of which foods are truly 'pure'."
Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to
touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn
and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods
that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain
artificial additives are also out.
The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad"
means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary
restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their
"virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so
stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure
and they become socially isolated.
"The issues underlying orthorexia are often the same as anorexia
and the two conditions can overlap but orthorexia is very definitely
a distinct disorder," said Philpot. "Those most susceptible are
middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in
the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and
money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives."
Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders,
said: "There is a fine line between people who think they are taking
care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have
orthorexia. I see people around me who have no idea they have
this disorder. I see it in my practice and I see it among my friends
Jade believes the condition is on the increase because "modern
society has lost its way with food". She said: "It's everywhere, from
the people who think it's normal if their friends stop eating entire
food groups, to the trainers in the gym who [promote] certain foods
to enhance performance, to the proliferation of nutritionists,
dieticians and naturopaths [who believe in curing problems
through entirely natural methods such as sunlight and massage].
"And just look in the bookshops – all the diets that advise eating
according to your blood type or metabolic rate. This is all grist for
the mill to those looking for proof to confirm or encourage their
anxieties around food."
20-year struggle: Kris Giardino's
tale of living with an eating
disorder.. click here.
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