Katie Couric has allowed the world to watch her get a colonoscopy. It really should come as no shock that the daytime talk host is ready to open up about her own battle with bulimia. Yet it came as a surprise to viewers to find out the perky host had struggled with the eating disorder when she made the on-air confession last September.
"I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after then," Couric said during an episode of her daytime talk-fest "Katie" with special guest Demi Lovato. "I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that's wrong, you're full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself. Whether it's one cookie or a stick of gum that isn't sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that."
Now the former "CBS News" anchor and "Today" co-host is opening up about the aftermath of her personal confession for the February issue of More magazine. She says, "I had no idea it would be a big bulletin. But I think it got traction because in a way people see me as somebody who has their sh-t together."
Adds the host, "I tried to do it in a way that wasn't, 'I had bulimia!' But just 'I had bulimia, and I know this mind game that goes on where is you don't adhere to this strict calorie restriction.' It makes you feel really bad about yourself, and this vicious cycle kicks in."
Unfortunately, it is a vicious cycle that many Hollywood celebrities know very well. From Oscar winners to up-and-comers, here are some of the ladies who have battled with eating disorders:
Diane Keaton: The Oscar winner may look like she has everything pulled together today, but in the early days of her career she caved in to the pressure to stay thin. After being told by a Broadway casting director that she needed to drop a few pounds, the "Annie Hall" actress spiraled into a five year battle with bulimia she revealed in her 2011 memoir, "Then Again." She told People magazine, "I don't think it was called bulimia then. It was just a trick you could do. It's a horrible problem. Ugly and awful."
Ashlee Simpson: The youngest member of the Simpson family has talked about her struggle with anorexia as a teenager. For the star it was the peer pressure to stay thin that caused her to severely restrict her diet and it was the help of her family that got her to get healthy again. She told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2005, "I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself. My parents stepped in and made me eat. [The family support] really helped a lot."
Tracy Gold: She was front and center in one of the starring roles of the hit sitcom, "Growing Pains", when the actress started to disappear in front of our eyes. Over the course of the show we saw the actress go from the punchline of a series of fat jokes to waging a public battle with anorexia. At her lowest point, the star shrunk to an unhealthy 79 pounds and was placed on suspension from the show while she went through treatment for the eating disorder. These days the star hopes her own struggles are inspiration for other young girls to stay healthy.
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