5 Celebrities Share Their Inspiring Stories About Eating Disorders

Lily Collins plays Ellen a girl with an eating disorder in the movie To the Bone.
To the Bone Via Netflix

These are some celebrities that spoke out.

Eating disorders are more common than we'd like to admit.

Roughly 30 million men and women in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, including some of your favorite celebrities.

Not letting the disease get the best of them, these stars opened up about their struggles with eating disorders to show the world how deadly they truly are.

Read some of their inspiring tales of how they overcame their eating disorders below:

1. Lily Collins

To the Bone Via Netflix

In 2017, Netflix released To the Bone, which starred Lily Collins as a young woman dealing with an eating disorder. After the film was released, Collins shared her personal experience with eating disorders.

In an interview with IMDB, she spoke about how she suffered from eating disorders as a teenager. Collins also wrote a book where she talks about her experiences dealing with body image and eating disorders.

2. Demi Lovato

Saturday Night Live via NBC

Demi Lovato has been very vocal about her eating disorder for the past couple pf years. At the age of 18, she entered a treatment facility for her anorexia and bulimia. She has spoken out about body image and her struggles throughout the years. In an interview with American Way Magazine, Lovato revealed how her beauty pageant beginnings were the cause of her struggles, "My body-image awareness started way before that, but I do attribute a little of my insecurities to being onstage and judged for my beauty.”

3. Alexa PenaVega

Love at Sea via Hallmark Channel

Alexa PenaVega started out as a young childhood star in the movie Spy Kids, but PenaVega started to struggle with an eating disorder after the fame. In an interview, PenaVega revealed that a movie producer had told her she was too fat and started to struggle with Bulimia not long after.

"You read textbooks and it’s just so, well, textbook. ‘This is how you get over bulimia.’ But it is so much deeper than that," she said in an interview with People.

4. Candace Cameron Bure

Full House Via ABC

This childhood star grew up on-screen. After Full House ended, Bure moved to a new city with her husband and she developed an eating disorder. Bure said in an interview with People, that it was more of an emotional issue than a weight issue for her. She sought out help and was able to recover from her disorder.

5. Zosia Mamet

Girls Via HBO

This Girls star spoke out about her eating disorder and body image issues that she's been battling since she was a teenager. In an interview with Glamour, Mamet said that people like her need to utilize their voice and speak out about issues like eating disorders.