Often times, those of us who struggle with eating disorders, or know others who do, there is a pervasive
feeling of loneliness. Often we might feel that other people cannot understand what we’re going
through and that others just haven’t had the same experiences. However, as reported by a writer on
the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Katie Couric showed us last September that this simply isn’t true.
As mentioned in the article, last September and again in an issue of More magazine this February, Katie
Couric told the world on her daytime talk-show that she struggled with bulimia for many years. Ms.
Couric was surprised by the vigorous response to her admission in September, prompting her to conduct
the follow-up interview with More. This reaction shouldn’t be too surprising; as noted in the Yahoo!
article, many famous celebrities, such as Ashlee Simpson and Tracy Gold have also discussed dealing
with bulimia. In fact, during any given year, over 1 million Americans also deal with this emotionally and
physically draining disease, while only 16 percent of those who do get help.
Katie Couric – Celebrities And Bulimia
Bulimia can be a very difficult disease to live with. At the heart of the disease, an individual often feels
a sense of insecurity, not only about one’s weight, but often about performance, success and other
general aspects of life. What’s worse, most people with an eating disorder don’t even recognize they
have a problem until those around them begin to talk to them. Even Diane Keaton, as quoted in the
Yahoo! article, said “I don’t think it was called bulimia then. It was just a trick you could do.”
At Sovereign Health, we view this discussion as a positive one. Though bulimia is such as serious
condition, few people find health and therefore, promoting awareness about it is essential. We applaud
the effort of Ms. Couric and speaking about her experiences and hope it will encourage many others to
come to the surface about their circumstances.You’re not the only one with bulimia.