We all know what it’s like to feel the pressure to be perfect, but when you’re thrust into the spotlight at a very young age, that pressure can become way too much to handle. Oftentimes, we see celebrities resort to dangerous habits, such as doing drugs, drinking too much or even depriving their bodies just so they can look a certain way.
In the past, several celebrities have opened up about their experiences with such disorders, and they do so in hopes of helping their fans overcome similar issues. Take Jade Thirlwall, for example. The Little Mix singer recently opened up about how she dealt with an eating disorder for five years before appearing on The X Factor in 2011.
“Anorexia was my own dark secret and I guess I was sort of satisfied with that,” the star said on BBC Sounds Life Hacks podcast I’ve Been There: Jade Thirlwall & Anorexia. “It was my own thing that I could do to myself and nobody knew about it. I obviously became very small and my ribs were sticking out. I was very gaunt and I used to wear a lot of baggy clothes to hide that.”
The star went on to explain how she reached a turning point.
She said, “The doctors told me that I would die if I kept doing it. To hear somebody say that to you is actually quite scary and I started to realize how damaging it was for my family.”
Wow, we are seriously amazed by her strength. And it turns out, Dove is just one of several celebrities who has admitted to suffering from an eating disorder. Stars like Demi Lovato, Lana Condor, Camila Mendes, Shane Dawson, Zayn Malik, Jennette McCurdy, Debby Ryan, Hilary Duff and more have gotten real about overcoming a disorder, and we could not be more proud of them.
Scroll through the gallery to see which other celebrities have opened up about their eating disorders.
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