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5 Celebs Who Have Bravely Shared Their Stories About Their Struggle With an Eating Disorder

As a society, we place a lot of importance on celebrities and the media, and these people can shape how we think about beauty and our bodies. Those in the limelight are so often celebrated for being "perfect" but what does that word mean, really?

Celebs are normal people and they suffer from exactly the same things that most of us do. The constant pressure to adhere to a certain image has resulted in an alarming number of women and young girls—including celebrities—developing eating disorders.

Below are five celebs who have bravely opened up about their own struggle with an eating disorder.

Demi Lovato: Demi Lovato is one of the most vocal celebs when it comes to her struggles with an eating disorder, and she works hard at raising awareness for it. In 2010, she went to rehab for three months and was treated for bulimia and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has since partnered with the Jed Foundation for the Love Is Louder Than the Pressure To Be Perfect Campaign—which helps to encourage everyone to love themselves just the way they are.

Lindsay Lohan: In 2006, Lindsay Lohan made the brave decision to publicly address the fact that her low body weight was caused by bulimia. She told Vanity Fair how everyone around her was concerned about her health, and that she was also scared, however, she confessed, that even though she knew she had a problem, she just "couldn't admit it."

Troian Bellisario: Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has been open about her struggle with anorexia, addressing it in several interviews. She gave one of her most moving quotes during an interview with Seventeen, in which she said, "I felt this sadness, and I thought if people really knew what was going on inside me, they wouldn't want to hang out with me. So I tried to keep it light and funny. I became imprisoned [by my eating disorder and self-harm]. And it was something I fought with."

Jessica Alba: Jessica Alba got candid about her eating disorder in 2005. She revealed to British newspaper, The Sun, that it started at school but got worse in 2002, during the filming of the TV series, Dark Angel.

She said, "A lot of girls have eating disorders and I did too. I became obsessed with it."

Lady Gaga: In response to being called fat, Lady Gaga took to her website, LittleMonsters.com to share a series of photos of herself in her underwear, with the caption, "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15." A sharp comeback to all the haters who had been commenting on her weight, and a glorious celebration of her body. She has also launched a "body revolution" on Instagram, celebrating people of all shapes and sizes.

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