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Kate Beckinsale needed years of therapy to overcome anorexia

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The life of famous actress Kate Beckinsale has been a rough ride.  Before Kate stepped into the acting profession, she was battling anorexia from the age of 15. Speaking openly with the media about her severe anorexia, the ‘Pearl Harbor’ 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.”

This statement by Kate upset most of the parents of the teen anorexics because actresses are role models and this kind of remarks are not expected of them.  This ‘Serendipity’ actress dropped down to mere 70 pounds and underwent various therapies to fight this dreaded disorder.

Explaining the ill effects of living with anorexia, the star of ‘Underworld’ fame told British paper Daily Mail: “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.

“I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls,” the 35-year-old said. “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.”

Talking about her confession in the media and her regret on leading a life of an anorexic, Beckinsale was quoted by contactmusic.com as saying: “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.”

For Kate, this whole journey of revival has been like fixing up her life but still she feels that the support of her family members and her five years of therapy helped her in recovering. Expressing her hatred on being called anorexic, she said: “People keep asking me about it but I don’t want to be famous for being a former anorexic.”

Other celebrities who have suffered from eating disorders include Mary-Kate Olsen,Sharon Osbourne, Daniel Johns and Jane Fonda.

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