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March 27, 2006

Portia de Rossi Admits She Battled Anorexia

Actress Portia de Rossi has admitted to Vogue magazine that she struggled with anorexia while starring on the hit show Ally McBeal.

She revealed to Vogue magazine: 'I've often wondered if I wasn't on that show if [anorexia] may not have happened.

'I didn't really know at that point what it was like to be a celebrity, and the only people I knew at the time who had a similar experience were these women whom I worked with. They became my role models.' (People)

March 14, 2006

Dennis Quaid Struggled with Anorexia

Dennis Quaid says he battled anorexia, or what he calls manorexia, during the 1990s. Quaid developed the disorder after losing 40 pounds for his role as Doc Holliday in the film Wyatt Earp.

“My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool,” the 51-year-old actor says. He refered to what he suffered from as “manorexia.”
But Quaid, who was married to actress Meg Ryan at the time, confides he didn’t see a dangerously thin man looking back at him from a mirror. Like many people who struggle with eating disorders, his self-image was distorted.
“I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds,” he confesses. (

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January 05, 2006

Eating Disorders Linked to Birth Complications

Children of women who experience birth difficulties seem to be more likely to develop of anorexia and bulimia later in life, Italian researchers suggest.

According to the team's report in the Archives of General Psychiatry, risk factors for anorexia included anemia and diabetes in the mother, and neonatal heart problems, among others. The presence of two or more of these factors raised the risk of anorexia by nearly sixteen-fold. (Reuters UK)

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December 08, 2005

Ashlee Simpson Flirted with Anorexia

Pop star Ashlee Simpson admitted she had a "minor" eating disorder when she was 11 and training to become a ballerina at the School of American Ballet.

Simpson tells Cosmopolitan magazine, "I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself ... It was about six months of not eating too much at all. I was 11 and five feet two and about 70 pounds... My parents stepped in and made me eat. That really helped a lot." (

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Felicity Huffman Battled Anorexia

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman says she battled both bulimia and anorexia from her teens into her 20s.

The bulimia evolved into anorexia. Huffman's weight dropped to 98 pounds, and her periods stopped.

With her family growing increasingly concerned, she sought the help of a therapist. At that time, she viewed herself — as she told the world in her Emmy acceptance speech — as "a chunky 22-year-old with really big pink glasses and a bad perm." (USA Today)

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August 23, 2005

Weight Gain Not a Cure for Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa patients who gain weight while being treated often spiral back into the eating disorder. Now new research may shed some light on why relapse rates are so high. (FoxNews)

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August 05, 2005

Eating Disorders Sitcom

Lynn Grefe, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has previewed the pilot, and gives it two thumbs way, way down. Grefe said that watching a program that spoofs people with eating disorders is like watching a comedy set on a cancer ward. (MedPage Today)

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July 28, 2005

Jessica Alba and Anorexia

Jessica Alba has spoken out about her anorexia hell. The stunning actress has confessed she suffered from the dangerous eating disorder several years ago. Jessica, who also suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks, recently admitted she has been cooking meals for herself since the age of 12 - because she didn't want to end up as fat as her family. (Vancouver 24hrs)

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April 07, 2005

Anorexia Linked to Brain Defect

"The eating disorder anorexia nervosa could be caused by a brain dysfunction, rather than social pressures, a study shows."

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March 06, 2005

Lindsay Lohan Denies Anorexia Reports

Lindsay Lohan has been battling rumors that she suffers from anorexia. The redheaded teen star has recently lost a lot of weight, but says her weight loss is due to hormonal changes and the natural loss of baby fat as she matures. (

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December 07, 2004

President Chirac's Daughter Has Anorexia

"Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French President Jacques Chirac, has spoken publicly for the first time of the pain and guilt that she and her husband feel over the severe anorexia that afflicts the elder of their two daughters."

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December 03, 2004

Link Between Early Anxiety and Eating Disorders

"Anxiety disorders in childhood may be a prelude to eating disorders that often strike young women in their teens and 20s, according to a new study."

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