The life of famous actress Kate Beckinsale has been a rough ride in some aspects. Before she stepped into the acting profession she was battling anorexia from the age of 15. Speaking openly to the media about her severe anorexia the ‘Underworld’ actress said: “I believe anorexia, alcoholism and drug abuse in teens are more about what is happening in the home than a problem with images in the media. It is the nice girl’s way of becoming a crack whore.”
That statement sent waves of anger crashing back at her as many parents of anorexic teens threw the ‘role model’ card at her, stating that someone in her position should be more responsible and thoughtful.
The star of ‘Serendipity’ dropped down to a mere 70 pounds and underwent various forms of therapy to overcome the destructive disorder.
Explaining the ill effects of living with anorexia she said: “I got to the stage where I think I was about to die. I had no energy and my main goal was to be able to stand up. Finally I realized I had to choose between being a person or a professional anorexic.”
Blaming her family life as being the reason for her eating disorder, Kate emphasized the point that a disturbed family life is a major reason for anyone to fall victim to anorexia; a common reason shared by many anorexics – that personal environmental issues cause many disorders.
“I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls but I am a lot more body confident now I’m in my thirties, and in better shape too. If someone turns up with cupcakes mid-afternoon, I’ll have one. And I’d hate to be one of those people who won’t allow themselves a slice of birthday cake.”
But talking about her life as an anorexic she said: “I (wish) I had had a sensible magazine article to have read at the time from someone who was actually intelligent. I never really talked about that, actually. (But) when I was around 22 or 23, I decided I’d mention it because I decided I was one of the few people I knew who had that problem who didn’t remain a freak about it.”
Although her family were at the heart of her problems, their support was pivotal in her recovery. They stood by her through five years of therapy and truly helped her come to terms with it.
Expressing her hatred at being called anorexic, she said: “People keep asking me about it but I don’t want to be famous for being a former anorexic.”