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Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has opened up about her struggle with anorexia in a powerful new Instagram video.

In the post, the actress – who plays Spencer Hastings in the hit TV series – explained how her eating disorder affected her ability to interact with others and to care for herself.

The 31-year-old star said: “With anorexia, a lot of it is about presenting a front of ‘everything is OK’ as you’re slowly killing yourself.”

 

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“Gone were the days where I was just a happy, carefree kid who was running around,” she continued.  “Suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself.”

When asked why mental health issues are worth addressing in the run-up to the US presidential election, Troian replied: “I just want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunity for treatment that I have.”

“I think that we have to make sure that our government invests in those programmes.  What matters is that we continue to make our voices heard in this great democracy.”

The award-winning star finished by encouraging people to vote.

Her post’s caption reveals that she will be supporting Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.

Troian first spoke publicly about her own mental health issues in 2014 when she revealed she had battled an eating disorder and self-harming tendencies while at school.

 

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Having spoken openly about his issues with anxiety, Zayn Malik has now revealed he suffered from an eating disorder while he was part of One Direction.

In his new self-titled autobiography, the singer admitted to not eating for days at a time in a possible bid to feel some sense of control over his life.

As reported by The Sun, the 23-year-old wrote: “When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was.”

 

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“Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.”

“It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that,” he continued.  “I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all.  It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was.”

“I think it was about control,” confessed Zayn.  “I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.”

 

It's out now ! #ZAYNBOOK

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“I had lost so much weight I had become ill.  The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”

Despite his book’s claims, on Friday Zayn told The Associated Press that he was never officially diagnosed with an eating disorder.

He also suggested that he now has a better relationship with food, saying he is “a bit older and a bit more wiser (sic)”.

 

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Vlogger Eugenia Cooney has been forced to defend herself against a petition which demanded she be banned from YouTube for encouraging anorexia.

Despite never admitting to having an eating disorder, the 22-year-old New Yorker has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for her strikingly low weight as thousands of her followers believe her tiny frame could drive fans to towards extreme weight loss tactics.

In a recent post – which is entitled “I’m Sorry” – the self-proclaimed “emo” addressed the claims by insisting she has “never tried to influence anyone badly” and has “never encourage[d] people to try look like [her]”.

A number of petitions on Change.org ask for the popular blogger – who has almost one million followers – to be temporarily removed from YouTube until she gets help for her alleged condition. 

One such proposal received almost 20,000 signatures before it was removed on Friday.

The petition read: “Eugenia Cooney has a serious medical condition and needs to seek help.  She has been influencing her viewers by her serious underweight condition.”

 

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“She has not been getting better since the day she started YouTube, she’s getting more and more sick each day.  And it’s honestly like she does this bodily harm to herself and shows young girls, such as her viewers on social media that it is ‘okay’, to be suffering from a medical condition such as Anorexia-Nervosa (sic).”

“She has not got any treatment.  And is triggering her fan base,” the post alleged.  “She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50 percent of her body in her videos and pictures is not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder.”

 

Woke up like an hour ago good morning guys  how are you doing today?

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Eugenia has been the focus of a number of hateful YouTube videos which encourage people to dislike her videos and suggest she is “slowly killing herself”.

 

Hello guys hope you're having a good day ^-^

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Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson is well known for her fiery personality, so it's little wonder one of her followers received a pretty frank message this week when they openly accused her of having an eating disorder.

On Monday the reality star posted a pretty standard picture of herself playing croquet on Instagram and it wasn't long before a troll came along to body-shame her. 

The comment to which Lucy bluntly responded said: “Why is everyone pretending that this is ok? This girl obviously has an eating disorder. She's not "naturally skinny" because we've all watched her for years and she never looked like this. This is validating and publicizing an illness.”

 

 

Giving the new Pimm’s Cider Cup croquet lawn at @shardview a go! #pimmscidercroquet #spon #nofilter

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Clearly not in the mood to let that one slide the 25-year-old vegan wrote: “Who are YOU to say I have an eating disorder? Do you think it's okay to publicly declare that someone else has an eating problem like its the ONLY possible way for me to be slim? Not that I maybe work out and eat a vegan diet.”

“But that because I am slim I MUST have an eating disorder. Do you really think that it is okay to try and make people think that? What lifestyle are you validating?”

“Just because you've watched me on tv, does NOT mean you know the ins and outs of my life.”

 

 

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The MIC cast member’s fans were quick applaud her message and display of self-defence, with one user writing: “Being slim is not a synonym for having an eating disorder, and the two ought not to be automatically associated with one another. The latter term is being thrown around too loosely these days, it is a serious illness that requires diagnosis.”

While another said: “You are one of the most beautiful ladies I've seen, please ignore all the haters, women should aim to always empower each other, it's the greatest gift we have.”

This isn’t the first time the reality star has had to defend herself from bodyshamers.  Back in June Lucy ended up in a Twitter spat with Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson after Marnie wrote in her Star magazine column “Lucy Watson looks like a skeleton”.

 

 

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Fair play to Lucy for standing up for herself.  No one deserves to be publicly criticised for their size.

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While we all know scrolling through Facebook for hours on end isn’t exactly good for you, there is nothing like a good study to highlight just how bad for your health that very pastime can actually be.

A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has shown that social media is not only a massive waste of time and energy, it also makes you feel bad about your career, financial situation and free time.

According to Forbes, the results suggest that people who spend more than an hour a day on social media are more likely to be depressed than those who don’t.

The report states that “exposure to highly idealized representations of peers on social media elicits feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier, more successful lives” which is actually totally understandable when we spend so much time reading “#goals” under people’s perfectly filtered holiday pics.

Additionally, the lead author of the study explained that time spent online can have a negative impact on an individual’s sense of body image and can also increase the likelihood that they could develop an eating disorder.

Jaime Sidani said: “We’ve long known that exposure to traditional forms of media, such as fashion magazines, is associated with the development of disordered eating and body-image concerns.”

“Social media combines many of the visual aspects of traditional media with the opportunity for social media users to interact and propagate stereotypes that can lead to eating and body image concerns.”

 

If there was ever a study to promote digital detoxing, we think this is it.

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Singer Demi Lovato has opened up about her past struggles with alcohol, drugs and body image in a new revealing interview with US in-flight magazine American Way.

The Cool for the Summer performer – who first checked into rehab when she was just 18-years-old – told the mag she thought she'd be dead before ever reaching her 21st birthday.

The star said:  "I lived fast and I was going to die young." 

"I didn't think I would make it to 21." 

Demi was admitted to rehab for three months in 2010 after she punched a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers.

Speaking of the experience she told American Way: "I thought, 'Oh great, now the world thinks I'm just another stereotype.'"

"I thought, 'I'm not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem.'"

"But once I started eating again, the other issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole."

While attending the centre Demi – who has since fought her addictions to alcohol, cocaine and the prescription painkiller OxyContin – was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – a condition her late father also suffered with.

In the interview, Demi revealed that both her mother and grandmother had previously dealt with bulimia – the same eating disorder she eventually went on to develop.

She said: "Being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder…it's hard not to grow up like that."

"Hopefully my kids won't have it, but it's kind of like addiction…It's hereditary."

She also admitted that her issues with body image were enhanced by taking part in beauty pageants as a child where she "judged for her beauty".

The 23-year-old celebrated her fourth year of sobriety back in March but continues to receive support at regular Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

Demi also explained to the mag how being honest about her issues has benefited both she and her fans.

She said: "When I have meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts." 

"They'll tell me, 'You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,' or 'I got sober.' Hearing those things gave my life new meaning."

"At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility."

"But now, it's really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable."

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There are tens of thousands of popular Instagram accounts which chart weight-loss.

The user's progress is documented in workout sessions, calories consumed, kilos shed, and dress-sizes – not to mention the requisite before-and-after shots.

However, one young woman has decided to do the opposite: Amalie Lee is instead charting her weight-gain.

A recovering anorexic, she is championing her new body shape through a series of gorgeous pictures that are now inspiring others.

The 20-year-old also shares snaps of her food intake: a refreshing selection of Nutella-covered crepes, jelly sweets, bars of chocolate and ice cream.

 A native of Norway, but studying at a university in London, Amalie says her struggles began in 2012.

“I went through a depressive phase in my mid-teens, and my perception of myself hit an all-time low," she says now.

"I just wanted to disappear. My eating disorder was never about looking like a model, it was a way to cope.

"I made bizarre rules for myself about what I allowed myself to eat, when, where — even what spoon to use."

Ms Lee says she resisted treatment initially, but gradually came to realise that, with her BMI dropping dangerously low, she could end up dead.

In 2013, she entered hospital as an out-patient and began rehibilitating.

"There wasn’t a magic moment where I had a recovery revelation, it was many small things at once that made me choose recovery," explains Amalie, who has chosen not to disclose her lowest or current weight, lest it act as a trigger to others.

 

2013 vs 2015. Anorexia did not just randomly "let me go", and vanished by itself. I let go of anorexia, and it was not easy. Stop waiting for a perfect future moment when you are ready to recover, because life is what passes by whilst you waste your time waiting. Start NOW. There is no perfect recovery, perfect meal plan, perfect weight gain. You have to eat, sometimes you feel like you are exploding, expanding into infinity and loosing control, but you are not. By allowing yourself to heal you are IN control. Eating a whole chocolate cake by yourself because your body is so goddamn desperate after all the restriction, is actually GOOD, both for body and mind. We live in a society that labels calories as something negative, but that is not right! Calories allow your heart to beat and your hair to grow. Without calories, there is no recovery or life. Calorie is a term for energy, everything around you is energy, calories are your bodies energy, just like electricity for a light bulb and battery for your phone✨ Sometimes, when it hurts, it means you are doing something right. I sincerely believe there is hope for every eating disorder sufferer. The brain ghosts (as @fightthepoop nicely names it) will haunt you at times after the recovery process is gone, but those thoughts are not dangerous unless you turn them into actions. The screaming ED voice will gradually give up when it sees that you don't obey, and it will eventually turn into occasional whispering. IT GETS BETTER #realcovery

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She only began her Instagram account, which she has named Redefining Healthy, less than three weeks ago, but has already gained more than 72,000 followers. 

"Luckily I got good treatment," she reflects now. "I learned a lot, both from my treatment personnel." 

Weight-wise, by the spring of 2014 she was declared fit and well, though she adds that "it takes longer to recover mentally".

Amalie also posts positive messages to her fans, and challenges the assumptions surrounding eating disorders.

"Most people with eating disorders are normal- to overweight," she highlighted in one recent post. "Most people with eating disorders don't have clinical anorexia nervosa.

"There is NO such thing as being 'too big' for an eating disorder. Not all underweight people have eating disorders or are unhealthy."

She concluded in the same post: "We need to stop labelling and judging, and start accepting that people come in different sizes, and that is OK."

 

Should you feel impacted by any of the issues included in this article, please contact BodyWhys, a voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders. BodyWhys runs a LoCall helpline on 1890 200 444, and also has an email support service via alex@bodywhys.ie. Check out the website here for furthermore information. 

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It seems we don't hear much about Kesha these days, but luckily the 28-year-old is now much healthier after seeking treatment for an eating disorder in 2014. 

She has now opened up to Vogue about about that difficult time in her life.

She said: "“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, it’s been quite a journey. I went to a dark place. There was a lot of not eating.”

The Tik Tok singer went on to say how things worsened as others thought she was looking better: “I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing. The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting. Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, ‘Wow, you look great.'"

Kesha said she felt very unhappy, despite her upbeat music: “I was singing these songs like ‘We R Who We R’…But I was sad and [I wasn’t eating]. That’s not good for your body, metabolism, or brain. I talked to my therapist, and she said, ‘I think it’s time we take a moment to address this.’"

"I called my mom one night and I told her, ‘I need help’ I went to an eating-disorder specific rehab site where a nutritionist taught me that food is a positive thing for your body. I realized being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself. Now, I’m trying to embrace the skin I’m in.”

She chooses to "make the choice to be kind" to herself everyday and said: "This is who I am. I have to love that."

We are so glad to hear that Kesha is on the road to recovery and we wish her all the best. 
 

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Presenter Gok Wan has opened up about his long-running struggle with anorexia.

The How To Look Good Naked star spoke during an open discussion at Birmingham City University about his battle with the eating disorder, which started in his early twenties.

"I struggle with anorexia every day. It's like a parasite that won't go away," he told the students, before adding that his extensive knowledge of the disorder has helped him to deal with it better. "Realising it doesn't go away is the biggest weapon," he said.

The star began dieting excessively after reaching over twenty stone in his late teens, and while he is in recovery now, it wasn't always so easy.

Gok became visibly upset while talking about his battle with anorexia, which he said was prompted by routine bullying during his school years for being overweight. However he said that some of his darkest moments have motivated him to work harder at his career.

"When I was being bullied I wished the bullies a terrible fate. But over time I’ve forgiven them as without them I wouldn’t be who I am today… In order to get through the dark times you need to remember that life is short and therefore you really need to focus on the good stuff," the star said. 

"The little things that worry you are those that will ultimately fuel your success."

Gok also spoke about the importance of self-confidence and the courage to be different. "‘Identity is really important and it’s not something that should be overlooked," he said.

Very wise words.

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Kate Hudson has slammed rumours that she suffers from an eating disorder.

The Glee actress had previously sued the National Enquirer for claims implying she had a eating disorder back in 2006 saying she was: "looking like skin and bone." The actress received both and apology and compensation from the paper. But she isn't done insisting the dangers of such rumours yet. 

According to the actress, it isn't the lie itself that bothers her most, it’s the impression it gives to young girls who believe it. 

The mum-of-two spoke to Red magazine and explained: “If there is one thing I will never have, it is an eating disorder. I won’t have girls – even if it is just one or two who care – thinking that. Because it is a serious sickness, not something to plaster on the cover of a magazine. And I am the opposite.”

The actress continued on to say that, most of all, she wants girls to be happy within themselves: “I want girls to love themselves. I want them to feel good about who they are… The thing is, I’m lucky because I was loved. But I have seen so many young women who can’t feel good about themselves because they just don’t have… that love.”

Kate is currently engaged to Muse frontman, Matt Bellamy, and has said that there are no wedding plans, yet: “I’m not in a rush. We are basically married. It’s really about when we are going to take the time to plan a wedding.”

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Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of the hit HBO series Girls, has revealed that she “nearly died” from an eating disorder in her teens.

Her issues started very young, when at eight-years-old someone told her she was fat.

“I’m not fat; I’ve never been fat.” Zosia says. “But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am – that convinces me my clothes don’t fit or that I’ve eaten too much.”

Her obsession with weight and appearance reached their peak in her teens, as the disorder took over her life.

Zosia unflinchingly details how bad things had become: “ As a teenager I used to stand in front of the refrigerator late at night star­ing into that white fluorescent light, debilitated by the war raging inside me: whether to give in to the pitted hunger in my stomach or close the door and go back to bed,”

“I would stand there for hours, opening and closing the door, taking out a piece of food then putting it back in; taking it out, putting it in my mouth, and then spitting it into the garbage. I was only 17, living in misery, waiting to die.”

It was Zosia’s father, award winning playwright David Mamet who intervened and got her into treatment, saving her life.

He came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, ‘You’re not allowed to die.”

This was a wake up call for Zosia. “It was the first time I realised this wasn’t all about me. I didn’t care if I died, but my family did.”

“That’s the thing about these kinds of disorders: They’re consuming; they make you egocentric; they’re all you can see.”

Today Zosia feels she has come to terms with her past issues and is now happy at a healthy weight.

 “It may never disappear completely”, she says, “but hopefully one day it’ll be so quiet, it’ll only be a whisper and I’ll wonder, ‘Was that just the wind?’

If you or someone you know is struggling with body image or eating disorders, you can call Bodywhys at 1890200444

 

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TOWIE star, Harry Derbridge, has opened up about his battle with an eating disorder.

The reality TV star appeared on This Morning where he spoke with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes about his eating disorder, which lasted over a decade.

Harry said that his difficult relationship with food and eating began when he was only eight-years-old as he was a very fussy eater, but as he grew older, things took a serious turn: “I’ve always been a fussy eater but it turned into OCD. My poor mum would bring out the food and everything would have to be separate … Doctors said that if I continued losing weight they would have to send me into a clinic. For me that was the scariest point ever and that’s when I knew I had to change.”

Thankfully, Harry is now in a much happier and healthier place with his relationship with food: “My energy is ten times better, although I’ve also been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid so I’m always a bit tired. But I feel better in my self … I want to go round to schools and talk about it and turn my negative into a positive.”

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