National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012: Celebrities Who Had Eating Disorders (PHOTOS)

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  • Demi Lovato
    Demi Lovato struggled with bulimia and anorexia. She went through treatment for her eating problems and now she’s rocking some great curves! In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she talked about seeing nothing but skinny models on magazine covers growing up. "That's what I was looking up to," she said. "That's what I had to idolize. I don't want that for young girls to idolize." Reuters
  • Lady Gaga
    Lady Gaga revealed last month at a Los Angeles conference, which took place at a school, that she had bulimia when she was younger. She also said that weight was still an issue for her. “Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you, they make you perfect,” she said, according to a New York Post report. “It’s not real life.” Reuters
  • Katharine McPhee
    "Smash" actress Katharine McPhee battled anorexia and bulimia throughout her teens. She completed treatment after a successful audition for "American Idol." The songbird compared self-induced vomiting to "putting a sledgehammer to your vocal cords." Reuters
  • Portia de Rossi
    Portia de Rossi struggled with anorexia while working on "Ally McBeal." It was so bad that she got down to 82 pounds and collapsed on a movie set. "People ask me how I recovered from my eating disorder, and I have to say that horses really helped me," she told USA Today. "It shifted my focus and got me out to nature. It was a passion and interest that was completely outside myself. It made me lighten up on everything." Reuters
  • Candace Cameron-Bure
    Candace Cameron-Bure admitted that she started to overeat right after her marriage to hockey player Valeri Bure. She has since overcome her problem. She told Entertainment Tonight that the worst part about eating disorders in young women is that “it’s often a secret.” Reuters
  • The Cockiest Celeb Quotes
    Elton John admitted that he had bulimia in a radio interview with Larry King. Reuters
  • Tracey Gold
    "Growing Pains" actress Tracey Gold battled anorexia throughout childhood, her teens and her twenties. Lifetime aired four episodes of her reality show "Starving Secrets," in which she helps young women who are getting treatment for eating disorders. “I consider myself recovered,” she told The Daily Beast. “I know that I’ll never go back there. It’s taken me too long to get here.” Reuters
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It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

These actors and singers have spoken publicly about their eating disorders and are reported to have overcome them.

They are the lucky ones.

Celebrities who died from complications due to eating disorders include singer Karen Carpenter and French model Isabelle Caro. Caro died in November 2010. In March of that year, she said she weighed 93 pounds, according to her obituary in The New York Times

The Eating Disorder Foundation estimates that 27 percent of girls from the ages of 12 to 18 have eating disorders, as do 31 percent of female college students. What's even worse is that girls as young as 10 are also prone to eating disorders.

Organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Association have tips for men, women and children. These tips include advice on how to become a critical viewer of the media and how to analyze advertisements.

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