Many famous people have battled anorexia at one time of their lives or other and several have lost their lives from the disease. The following list is by no means comprehensive:
Karen Carpenter: The singer suffered from anorexia before dying at the age of 32 of cardiac arrest caused by her eating disorder.
Fiona Apple: The singer/songwriter has spoken about her anorexia, saying she developed it after being raped at the age of 12.
Victoria Beckham: The star has admitted to a struggle with anorexia that started when she was a member of the Spice Girls. In 2003 she said: "I was very obsessed. I mean, I could tell you the fat content and the calorie content in absolutely anything."
Kate Beckinsale: The actress has spoken about her teenage struggle with anorexia. She has said: "People keep asking me about it but I don't want to be famous for being a former anorexic."
Franz Kafka: There are some who believe the author, whose work includes "The Hunger Artist," had a form of anorexia.
Mary-Kate Olsen: The Olsen twin underwent treatment for anorexia after much speculation in the media about her thinness.
Calista Flockhart: The actress has not used the word "anorexia" to describe her extreme thinness during her years on 'Ally McBeal,' but she did say this: "I started under-eating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system."
Portia de Rossi: The actress has admitted to a bout with anorexia that she blames on pressure to be thin on the set of 'Ally McBeal.' She said: "'I've often wondered if I wasn't on that show if [anorexia] may not have happened."
Courtney Thorne-Smith: The actress became anorexic on the set of 'Ally McBeal' and had to quit the show as a result.
Carre Otis: The model and actress suffered from anorexia for almost 17 years. She says: “I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling. My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin.”
Kellie Martin: The actress developed anorexia while starring in the tv show 'Life Goes On."
Christy Henrich: After being told that she needed to lose weight in order to make the U.S. Olympic gymnastic team, Christy became anorexic. She died of multiple organ failure at the age of 22.
Anne Sexton: Poet Anne Sexton suffered from anorexia and depression. She committed suicide in 1974 at the age of 46.
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