The Bulimia Confessions

It’s been quite a week for Celebrities talking about Eating Disorders.

Two A-list celebrities, namely Katie Couric and Lady Gaga,  have admitted that they suffered from bulimia.

Couric was interviewing X Factor judge Demi Lovato on her talk show Katie, when she admitted that:

I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that.

Lovato has also been quite vocal about her struggles with an eating disorder, as well as cutting.

Couric admitted to struggling with body image and “feeling like I wasn’t good enough or attractive enough or thin enough.”

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 … sometimes [I would] beat myself up for that… That is such a huge thing for people who wrestle with this.

Lady Gaga has received a lot of negative attention lately when photographs showed her recent 25 pound weight gain. Gaga has been unapologetic her looks and perhaps we now know why…

Yesterday she posted a picture of herself on her social media website,, dressed only in a yellow bra and underwear. The caption on the photo said  “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”

She also announced that she was launching a new movement  “A Body Revolution 2013,” meant to encourage body acceptance:

My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.

Fans have flooded the website with words of encouragement as well as sending in their own pictures- including those who have been bullied for being overweight, or gay, or disfigured in one way or another.

I applaud these women for coming forward and turning their struggles into “teachable moments.”

To learn more about bulimia, click here.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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