Bulimia is a condition which sees the sufferer experience bouts of binge eating followed by purging – be it through vomiting, taking laxative pills or performing enemas – in order to avoid weight-gain. Many celebrities are publicly known to have the disorder. As role models, they are often criticised for promoting an unhealthy body image to fans, many of whom are easily influenced young girls who would do anything to become like their heroes. Britney Spears is one such celebrity to fall into the category and has been open about her stuggles with weight.
Her divorce from dancer Kevin Federline had a profound effect on Britney’s state of mind, including her attitude towards food. In order to deal with the stress, the pop princess would eat excessive amounts and then make herself sick. Despite this, her weight surged and the media frenzy surrounding changed its focus to Britney Spears’ ’weight problem’. Having peaked at 135 pounds and presumably sick of the unwanted attention, the singer, who has also struggled with giving up smoking in the past, checked into Malibu rehabilitation centre in an attempt to fight her demons and get her slim, toned body back. It has since been claimed that Britney had been battling the disorder since the age of 16 and said that binging and purging had not worked, because she did not expect to gain weight.
The entertainment industry is not exactly known for its appreciation of ’inner beauty’, and celebrities rightly feel that being overweight or aged will put their career in jeopardy. Actors and stage performers such as Britney Spears are especially at risk of compromising their success by not looking like they are expected to. This is arguably what drove Britney towards wanting to shift the weight. The ’Gimme More’ singer even told a friend: “I’ll starve myself because I’m fat”, according to OK Weekly. The same source also told the news provider that Spears is addicted to diet pills and often runs off large amounts of coffee and energy, according to Popcrunch.