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He Hits the Gym 360 Days a Year and Can't Stop

Luke O'Neil writes of his 'exercise bulimia' in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - You've heard of bulimia. But exercise bulimia? Thus the headline on Luke O'Neil's piece in Esquire : "Most People Will Never Understand My Eating Disorder." Think of it this way: A person with bulimia feels the need to purge by vomiting. For those with exercise bulimia,... More »

View Hosts Make Ill-Advised Eating Disorder Jokes

What's funnier, anorexia or bulimia?

(Newser) - Eating disorders: not really a laughing matter, unless, apparently, you're a View panelist. During Thursday's show, the co-hosts discussed Donald Trump's recent weight loss (he says he lost 15 pounds because running for president is just too exciting and he never wants to eat ) and the... More »

5 Celebs Who've Struggled With Mental Health

And what they had to say about it

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore has been opening up about mental health issues recently, first revealing she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, then later talking about her childhood, during which she was "institutionalized" at a hospital for the mentally ill at age 13. The Chive rounds... More »

Bulimia Killed Amy Winehouse: Brother

Alex Winehouse says eating disorder 'left her weaker and more susceptible'

(Newser) - In his first full interview, Amy Winehouse's brother Alex reveals what he thinks really killed the singer: bulimia. She began suffering from the eating disorder in her late teens and was never able to free herself from it, he tells the Guardian . "We all knew she was doing... More »

12 Celebs Who Battled Eating Disorders

Two of them got down to just 70 pounds

(Newser) - Katie Couric revealed last week that she struggled with bulimia in her early 20s—and sadly, she's far from the only celebrity to have battled an eating disorder. The Huffington Post rounds up a dozen:
  • Jessica Alba: She once said that she had trouble adjusting to "a woman'
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Lady Gaga's Bulimia Battle Is ... Complicated

Katie Baker thinks there are mixed messages in star's 'inspiring' campaign

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's new Body Revolution campaign, and her admission that she's still struggling with bulimia, are "inarguably inspiring," writes Katie JM Baker of Jezebel . It's beautiful to see women who are insecure about their bodies proudly posting photos. But Baker also detects a troubling mixed... More »

'Bulimic' Gaga Strips to Counter 'Fat' Critics

She also bares battle with eating disorders

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is stripping down to her skivvies to take on critics who have been beefing about her new poundage. The pop princess took the bold move as she also revealed that she has been battling anorexia and bulimia since the age of 15 . "Today I join the body... More »

Katie Couric: I Was Bulimic

Reveals eating disorder struggle during interview with Demi Lovato

(Newser) - Katie Couric seems to have it all, but during her early 20s she battled with an eating disorder, she says on today's edition of her daytime show, in a confession picked up by the New York Post . "I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years... More »

'Katniss' Fat Digs By Critics Are Toxic: Experts

Hollywood Reporter grumbles about Jennifer Lawrence's 'baby fat'

(Newser) - Critics' attacks on actress Jennifer Lawrence for being too hefty to star in the Hunger Games are threatening to undo all the positives of having a strong female character in a megahit movie, say experts. The New York Times zinged the choice of Lawrence for the role because her "... More »

Demi Lovato Furious Over Disney Anorexia Joke

Disney yanks episodes in response to anorexia-battling star

(Newser) - After battling anorexia, singer/actress Demi Lovato is furious her former boss, the Disney Channel, joked about the eating disorder on a TV show. A character on the program Shake It Up said recently: “I could just eat you up. Well, if I ate.” Lovato responded in an incensed,... More »

Yoplait Pulls Ad Accused of Promoting Eating Disorders

Health group says plot is too close for comfort

(Newser) - There's healthy, and then there's insensitive, argues the National Eating Disorders Association. General Mills has pulled a Yoplait commercial that NEDA says promotes anorexia and bulimia, reports Huffington Post . The ad depicts a slim woman standing in front of a refrigerator while she justifies eating a slice of... More »

Eating Disorders Hit 500K Teens

3% of teens affected by binge-eating, bulimia, or anorexia

(Newser) - An eating disorder study being billed as the largest analysis of US teens ever is returning some depressingly large numbers: More than half a million have had an eating disorder, according to government research. Binge-eating was the most common disorder, found in 1.5% of teens studied, followed by bulimia... More »

Too Much Facebook May Lead to Eating Disorder

Study: The more time teen girls spend on network, greater their chances

(Newser) - The eating-disorder blame game has a new player: Facebook. A study has found that the more time teen girls spend on the social network, the greater their risk of developing anorexia or bulimia. The researchers asked 248 girls, ages 12 to 19, about their Internet and TV habits, and eating... More »

'Drunkorexia' Walloping College Kids

Skipping eating for booze threatening health

(Newser) - College kids suffering from eating disorders are increasingly grappling with the added complication of "drunkorexia." Drunkorexics, most of them women, skip eating to reserve calories for binge drinking. While many students are proud of their ability to down copious amounts of booze without gaining weight by relying on... More »

Health Mag Ripped for 'Fattening Up' Cover Model

Critics lash emaciated model whitewash

(Newser) - Another magazine is in trouble for altering a model's photograph—but this time it's for "fattening her up" rather than slimming her down. Healthy packed as much as 44 pounds on the waif-like Kamilla Wladyka when she turned up at a photo shoot looking "really thin and unwell,... More »

Fitness Mags' Bikini Bods Promote Eating Disorders

Shame on Shape for putting recovered bulimic Katharine McPhee on cover

(Newser) - No single thing causes eating disorders, but fitness magazines and their hard-bodied celeb cover models aren't helping, writes Katie Drummond. "Like heroin for the eating disordered, they offer misleading diet information, along with airbrushed photos of impossible physical ideals," she writes for True/Slant . One in particular has sunk... More »

German Women's Mag Bans Models

'Whole industry is anorexic,' says fed-up editor

(Newser) - The most popular German women's magazine is banning professional models from its editorial pages. Brigitte will use only "real woman" from now on to illustrate its stories, declared its editor, who said he was "fed up" with having to retouch pictures of underweight models who bear no resemblance... More »

UK Stylist Quits Over 'Average Size' Runway Models

Designer Mark Fast responds to complaints about starving catwalkers

(Newser) - A London stylist quit in a snit after a fashion designer chose three "average size" models for his runway show, reports the Guardian. Mark Fast, known for his body-hugging mini-dresses, used three models sizes 8 and 10 to show off his collection yesterday. The move followed a warning by... More »

Docs Demand Crackdown on Pro-Anorexia Websites

Websites offer 'thinspiration' to anorexic, bulimic teens

(Newser) - Doctors are calling for urgent action to combat the growing number of websites promoting eating disorders as a lifestyle choice, the Independent reports. The sites encourage young women to become anorexic and bulimic, doctors warn, offering tips on how to deal with the pain of extreme hunger during starvation and... More »

College Calorie Info Could Be Backfiring

From anorexics to obese students, information can spur 'disordered eating'

(Newser) - Colleges that bombard students with calorie counts and similar information to discourage overeating—and the dreaded "freshman 15" pounds—may be causing bigger diet problems instead, reports Newsweek. Many schools are rethinking their strategy in the wake of rising numbers of eating disorders, and a growing sense that a... More »

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