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Should Famous People with bulimia Feel Ashamed?

Famous people with bulimia who talk about their illness are incredibly brave. I take my hat off to them. They should not feel ashamed!

Bulimics feel so disgusted by their illness that they hide it at all costs. That's why celebrities often don't admit that they're bulimic... They feel as though all their fans will judge them. They feel as though they are letting everyone down.

I feel sorry for celebrities with bulimia... Imagine the pressure they feel! Imagine how terrified they must be of letting everyone know that they're not perfect. Imagine not only admitting it to your family - but to millions of fans all around the world.

Below are some of the brave celebrities bulimia who have shared their secrets:


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Paula Abdul

Singer and Dancer, Paula Abdul, first told the world about her 15 year battle with bulimia in the mid 1990's. She was scared of sharing her secret... She was worried that she would disappoint her fans because she wasn't perfect.

Read more about the Paula Abdul bulimia battle here.


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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan bulimia and anorexia stories have been around for a long time... Which is no surprise when you see pictures of her looking this thin.

Finally, in 2006, the troubled actress admitted to suffering from bulimia in an interview with Vanity Fair. She didn't go into much detail, as people with bulimia find it difficult to talk about their illness...

Lindsay realized she had a problem after seeing herself in a TV interview...

"My arms were disgusting," she said. "I had no arms. My sister, she was scared. My brother called me, crying."

To read more about Lindsay Lohan bulimia, click here.


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Princess Diana of Wales

The most famous celebrity with bulimia was Princess Diana.

I am a huge Diana fan... and her honesty about bulimia makes me even more of a fan. The way she describes bulimia is spot on:

"You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day - some do it more - and it gives you a feeling of comfort...

It's like having a pair of arms around you, but it's temporary. Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and you Bring it all up again."

To read more about Princess Diana and Bulimia, click here.




Celebrities with bulimia are the same as you and me...

As you would notice from bulimia case studies... All bulimics are the same - Celebrities and non-celebrities alike. We all feel like we're not good enough. We all feel ashamed and guilty of our illness.

All people with bulimia need the same love and support to ensure that they beat their bulimia demons.


Opening up about your bulimia will help dissolve the shame that you feel...

This is especially true when you open up in a support group or recovery community where other people are walking the recovery journey with you!

This is what inspired me to create the private Bulimia Recovery Program and Community...

Just the other day one of the members wrote a blog post that brought me to tears...

She said that she had found the missing link that was keeping her from recovering:

"A recovery community and accountability"...

I felt so privileged to be playing a role in her exciting bulimia recovery journey :)

To read more about this recovery focused community and program, click here. (Opens in a new window)



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Article by Shaye Boddington
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and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community

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