‘Being analyzed about my weight drives me crazy!’ Allison Williams insists she’s NOT anorexic as she covers new issue of Glamour
The actress added: ‘It’s easier to say, “Oh, she must be anorexic and depriving herself,” than it is to say, “She might have a fast metabolism”.’
Hate it when actresses/celebs use ‘fast metabolism’ as the reason to their thin bodies when it is clear to see that they used to be a lot bigger, as was the case with Allison in the first season of Girls. It is really sad because there must be a problem if they can’t acknowledge that they have lost weight. It’s such a shame!
Alexis Colson hid in her mother’s closet with a bowl of cereal in her lap and beautiful little dresses dangling all around her head.
Colson hated dealing with people’s judgments. She loved being alone. She loved the cereal, which tasted too good to resist — especially because her body was literally starved for fuel.
She also loved the dresses, which fit her mother’s enviably “perfect” body, she said. “I always wanted to look like Mom,” she said. So Colson, a teen at the time, sat there in solitude, continuing what she’d been doing for years: swallowing the cereal and then vomiting it up. As revolting as it sounds, she’d developed expertise at hiding and disposing of the vomit so no one would know.
It took years of what Colson now considers genuine addiction to this behavior before anybody put a label on it: bulimia nervosa. It’s under control now, she said, but she’s relapsed before; as with any genuine addiction, she figures it’s hers for life. Now in her 20s and volunteering for Vancouver mental health clinic Children’s Center, Colson approached The Columbian to share her story.
Larger Than Life? Celebrities & Eating Disorders Have A Long History
By Hugh C. McBride
As the center of an image-based industry, Hollywood has long been home to a community of disordered eaters who believed (rightly so, in many unfortunate cases) that their very careers depended upon their adherence to a decidedly unhealthy lifestyle.
During a time when studios had great control over what the public did and did not know about the stars of the day, and experts were decades away from classifying anorexia as a psychiatric disorder, information about celebrities and eating disorders was much more difficult to come by. But that doesn’t mean that the stars of yesteryear were immune from these conditions:
Vera-Ellen – The Internet Movie Database describes this 1940s-era actress as “a lithe and lovely presence” who “gave life to some of the most extraordinary dance routines ever caught on film.” Renowned for having “the smallest waist in Hollywood,” Vera-Ellen appeared alongside stars such as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley before ill health (perhaps exacerbated by her anorexia) and other influences ended her career while she was still in her 30s. Film lore has it that the costumes Vera-Ellen wore in the classic film “White Christmas” were designed specifically to cover her neck, which showed severe signs of premature aging as a result of her anorexia. She was only 33 when that film premiered.
Judy Garland – Only 17 when she starred in “The Wizard of Oz,” Garland was given pills for both sleep and extra energy, and was ordered to lose weight. Though her death 30 years later was attributed to an overdose of barbiturates, the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica notes that “it is speculated that anorexia and liver damage may have been factors.”