So what do you guys think about the latest two Hollywood stars to come out of about their eating disorders? Does this help you, hurt you, or do you not give a rip?
Portia De Rossi was on Oprah earlier this week talking about anorexia and recovery to promote her new book ‘Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.’. De Rossi shared how she exercised to work off the calories from a pack of gum by running around in a parking lot (been there, done that, except I did the stairs at my apartment) and revealing that at one time she weighed 82 pounds standing 5’8. Osteoporoses, cirrhosis, organ failure and the auto-immune disease lupus were the diseases that were a result of her eating disorder. She is now happily married to Ellen Degeneres and credits her recovery to the love and acceptance they share for one another.
This morning I read about Demi Lovato, one of my 10 year old daughters favorites. In case you don’t know her, she was the star of Camp Rock and later landed her own Disney sitcom “Sunny with a Chance.” Lovato just announced she will take a break from touring with the Jonas Brothers to enter treatment for her eating disorder which she says stems from being bullied. The video below shows Lovato talking about her experience, which shows that even being part of the popular crowd doesn’t make you immune from bullying.
How do you feel when you read about these stories?
Do they matter? Does it make you feel less alone?
Or are these people totally irrelevant?
If I had to guess, we are going to have a mixed response on this one. There tends to be those who say their ED has nothing do with Hollywood or anything else, its purely their own control, perfectionism, personal issue. Then there are those who are VERY influenced by the media, Hollywood and fashion (hello pro anas!) who have succumbed to the pressure to try to measure up to weight and beauty standards.
If I think back, I definitely fall into the later category, so much so that I do not believe I would have had an eating disorder if I would not have been a model and part of the fashion world. But then again one never knows since I do have an anxiety disorder (hate that term) and I think that presents itself in many ways, often through an eating disorder.
I’m going to go home and show my daughter the story about Lovato, and have a talk about how she feels about it. I think this will hit home with her since Demi is someone she looks up to in terms of being a cool, rock star. I wonder how many other mom’s bring these stories to the attention of their daughters? I am thinking not many, since its easier to just bury it right? Does your mom talk to you about this kind of stuff (or did she when you were young)?
Do you think it is appropriate and beneficial for me to proactively discuss this with my daughter? I am interested in your opinion (not that I am going to change mine or anything — what a bull-headed old goat I am huh?!)