We love them, and many of us want to look like them.
Celebrities — particularly female stars — are commonly held to a high set of expectations when it comes to their appearance. Tabloids are quick to point out the tiniest dimple of cellulite, and the pressure to be a certain weight or maintain a certain look to land work is everywhere. To us they look perfect, and we yearn for their diet tips and exercise secrets.
But they’re only human, and looking that perfect all the time is challenging. Many celebs have caved under the pressure of the industry beauty standard and it has actually impacted how they view and treat themselves!
In the slideshow above, we compiled just a few of the celebrities who think they are fat and struggle to accept their own bodies. Click through, and then scroll down to read their stories.
She started 2014 in rehab for an eating disorder. In interviews, including a recent story with Teen Vogue, the singer cited the pressure of fame and the music industry as having magnified her insecurities about weight. Sources close to the singer have blamed her producer for abusive behavior, including calling her not skinny enough.
The Kill Bill actress has publicly discussed her struggle with body image. “I see myself as fat,” she admitted to Jane Fonda, saying that she suffers from body dysmorphic disorder. Her insecurities stemmed from the birth of her daughter Maya Ray.
The popular Disney star entered rehab in 2010 to seek treatment for anorexia and bulimia, in addition to drug and alcohol addiction, depression and bipolar disorder. She said she has struggled with her body image from an early age, suffering from eating disorders since age eight.
Since rehab she has been publicly vocal about the importance of body-positivity and self acceptance.
Pretty Little Liars’ star Troian Bellisario has openly discussed her eating disorder and the ensuing body issues with which she still struggles. Her eating disorder began in high school, as she repressed feelings of anxiety, stress, and high pressured expectations of success from her parents. She hid her problems from friends and family for a long time. While she feels the pressure from Hollywood to maintain her appearance, she has received a lot of love and support from her Pretty Little Liars costars.
Lucy Hale, another Pretty Little Liars star, has felt the pressures of the entertainment industry. She would go for days without eating, and exercised for hours at a time.
The Mean Girls actress credits her figure for her many successful roles. “If I’d been a bit bigger, I don’t think they would have cast me for Mamma Mia,” she said. She has admitted that she does feel pressured to maintain a small figure and works hard to keep the pounds off. This has meant a lot of gym time and extreme diets, including extreme raw food dieting.
Portia De Rossi
The actress has battled with her eating disorder for decades, beginning at age 12 when she started modeling. The story of her illness and recovery is detailed in her book Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.
The child star faced many rumors and criticism regarding her appearance and weight loss as a young adult. It came as no surprise when she was checked into a treatment facility for an eating disorder at 18. Those close to Mary-Kate said it took an intervention to get her to seek help.
The Sin City actress and mother of two admitted to suffering from anorexia. She said she was obsessed with exercise and keeping her weight down as she matured.
Christina Ricci told Marie Claire UK about having her eating disorder outed at the age of 14, calling the illness devastating. “It took a while for me to be comfortable with who I was,” she said.
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