Not so long ago, pro-anorexia blogs (or 'pro-ana') were what fuelled 17-year-old Grainne Binns' eating disorder, but now the young student from Dublin has harnessed the internet to help herself and other anorexia sufferers.
Grainne has started an amazing blog on Tumblr that celebrates fit not thin women, posting photos of healthy food and other strong, muscular women.
Her profile on Tumblr states: "Currently recovering from Anorexia Nervosa on a path to rediscovering freedom and a life uncontrolled by mind consuming demons. Clean eater and health and fitness freak, striving for ever growing progress rather than perfection."
The Daily Mail reported that Grainne, despite being a size six, started suffering from the eating disorder when aged 15, she bought a dress that she couldn't fit into. She would then post pictures of herself online and obsessively wait for comments from other girls to come in.
After spending time in hospital to recover from the disease and visiting her GP for help, she said: "It was a long, difficult road, but with the support of my family, I knew I could get better. I deleted my secret blog and started another one about healthy living - eating well and exercise."
We think she's pretty amazing.
The end of the video is poignant, to say the least, in that she is a success story that can be held up as an inspiration of someone who was so determined to get well for herself and her family.
At the end of the video, she says: "Anorexia took so much from me, it also took time from life that i can never get back and I am determined to not allow it take any more. Anorexia is NOT a choice, it is NOT attention seeking and should be in NO WAY glamourised nor promoted.
"Recovery is hard but in my opinion watching how anorexia can tear not only your own life but also everyone else's life around you is harder."
For helplines, support and advice on eating disorders, visit BEAT. Call the adult helpline on 0845 634 1414 or the youth line on 0845 634 7650.
Demi Lovato has been very open about her struggles with bulimia and the extensive treatment she went through. "I was compulsively overeating when I was eight years old. So I guess for the past 10 years, I've had a really unhealthy relationship with food," she told ABC's "20/20" in 2010. Lovato has credited her younger sister and her fans with motivating her to seek treatment.
Amanda Bynes has a rocky relationship with the press, but she still hasn't shied away from tweeting about her struggles with food. "I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin," she tweeted in April 2013. In response to unflattering photos that had been published of her and a friend, Bynes later added: "We look awful, I look fat in that photo you chose, which doesn't help my eating disorder."
Gaga first spoke of her experiences with bulimia in February 2012 in an interview with Maria Shriver at a Los Angeles conference, saying "I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl," the <em>New York Post</em> reported at the time. After a number of media outlets scrutinized her weight during a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/lady-gaga-meat-corset_n_1897240.html">2012 European tour</a> she took to her website, <a href="http://littlemonsters.com/">LittleMonsters.com</a>, to reveal she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/lady-gaga-weight-singer-bulimic-teenager_n_1913701.html">still struggles with bulimia and anorexia</a>. She announced the launch of an online forum she's calling the "Body Revolution" to help herself and others "triumph over insecurities," she wrote.
In 2005, actress Jessica Alba told <em>Glamour</em>, "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."
In her 2005 memoir, "Learning To Fly," Beckham revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder during her early "Spice Girls" years. Pressure from the group's management led the singer to struggle with extreme dieting and binging. "In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller," she wrote.
In 2006 after the public watched her shrink before their eyes, actress Lindsay Lohan confessed to <em>Vanity Fair</em> that she was "making herself sick," which many took as a reference to bulimia. She told the magazine that Tina Fed and SNL producer Lorne Michaels staged an intervention telling her she needed to take care of herself.
Mary Kate Olsen
Actress and former child star Mary Kate Olsen famously went to rehab in 2003 for anorexia, but rarely spoke about it. In 2008 she confessed that the disease nearly killed her. "There have definitely been times in my life when I just turned to people and said, 'I'm done -- this is too much for me. This is too over-whelming," she said.
In 2007, singer Kelly Clarkson told <em>CosmoGirl</em> that she was bulimic in high school. "The lesson I took from that was purely superficial, but that's what I grew up thinking for a long time. It wasn't smart, and I headed straight into an eating disorder and became bulimic for the next six months," she said.
Katie Couric discussed <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/couric_admits_bulimia_battle_EpU1k3fLULVMYxC0WK306H">her own history with bulimia</a> on an episode of her new daytime talk show "Katie" while interviewing Demi Lovato, the <em>New York Post</em> reported. "I <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20632657,00.html">wrestled with bulimia</a> all through college and for two years after that," Couric said while interviewing an expert in eating disorders, according to People.com.
In 2006, singer Katharine McPhee talked to "Good Morning America" about her five-year battle with bulimia that nearly destroyed her vocal cords. At her worst point, McPhee binged and purged as many as seven times a day, she said just a few weeks ago. She said that appearing on "American Idol" saved her life by forcing her to confront her problem.
"Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler told "The Early Show" she had exercise bulimia: "I ended up starting at a routine which was, you know, 20 minutes in the morning and cutting back a little on my calories. And it snowballed into six or seven hours a day of exercise," said Sigler.
Candace Cameron Bure
In 2010, former "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure revealed her battle with bulimia when she released her book titled, "Reshaping It All." She told <em>People</em> that she began binging and purging after "Full House" ended its run in 1995 and she was adjusting to life in Canada with her new husband, Russian-born NHL player Valeri Bure.
In 2005 actress Kate Beckinsale opened up about her anorexic past. The star once weighed only 70 pounds and attended five therapy sessions a week for four years to fight the disease.
In 2005 singer and actress Ashlee Simpson told <em>Cosmopolitan</em> that as a young ballerina she struggled with anorexia. "I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself," says Simpson, who at one point stood 5'2" but only weighed 70 pounds. Simpson said her parents stepped in and made her eat, adding that family support really helped her.
After breaking into the modeling industry at 16 years old, Renn battled anorexia before getting healthy and switching over to the world of plus-size modeling two years later. In her memoir "Hungry," the Vogue cover girl chronicles her struggle to take control of her body -- and her career -- to become the size she feels most comfortable with. Renn continues to speak out about underweight models in the fashion world, championing larger sample sizes to encourage diversity in the media and healthy habits.
Portia de Rossi
The actress has spoken out about her struggles with the "starving and binging and purging" that plagued her since she was 12. According to her memoir, "Unbearable Lightness," once she was cast in "Ally McBeal" in 1998, she began cutting down her food intake until she reached 82 pounds and collapsed on set. After hitting rock bottom, de Rossi gained and lost weight, eventually settling into a healthy lifestyle. "I thank God for Ellen every day -– she has enabled me to be exactly who I am. We first met in 2001 when I weighed 168 pounds, but she says she never saw me as heavy –- she only saw the person inside," de Rossi wrote. "It’s ironic, really, that I tried so hard to present myself as something I wasn’t when all I ever wanted was to be loved for my true self."
Demi Lovato Talks Eating Disorder After Fan Throws Barbie Doll On Stage
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