Jessica Alba's long fight against eating disorders

Jessica Alba looking not-so-skinny in her swim wear

In the sinfully “perfect” world of television and cinema, many actresses suffer from eating disorders and Jessica Alba will be among the first to put up her hand and admit she privately battled against anorexia.

Like so many before her she was made painfully aware of her body shape by exposure to the media and the comments from the public conflicted heavily with her usual lifestyle. She began cooking for herself at a young age because she didn’t want to be like the rest of her family and had a happy relationship with her food, safe in the knowledge that she wouldn’t become overweight.

Everyone in my family is heavily overweight and I wanted to be healthier, so I started cooking for myself when I was 12.“

But the obsession with her body continued to spiral, particularly when she preparing for ‘Dark Angel’, which rocketed her to fame and in which she looked the healthiest since her career exploded. The ‘Fantastic Four’ actress was so obsessed with looking good for the role that she was working out for 3 hours every day and seriously cutting back on her eating.

Jessica Alba as 'Max' in ark Angel

Her weight dropped to 100 pounds and at that point she had her moment of realisation and acknowledged that she had a problem.

In an interview with Glamour Magazine in 2005, Jessica said: “A lot of girls have eating disorders, and I did too. I got obsessed with it. When I went from a girl’s body to a woman’s body with natural fat in places, I freaked out. It makes you feel weird, like you’re not ready for that body”.

She has since made name for herself as one of the sexiest actresses in Hollywood and has become a lust magnet for hopeful but woefully misguided men. But for someone with such hang-ups about their body she has been quick to take roles that require her to undress (to a certain degree), or at least play the object of desire as evidenced in Sin City; her opening scene as a slinky pole dancer magnetizing the gaze of drunken and randy men. Her other films include ‘Into The Blue’ and ‘Honey’.

Now the mother of Honor Marie, Jessica married producer Cash Warren in 2007 and is still working on ‘Sin City 2’.