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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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