By now you’ve probably heard that pop star Kesha has checked herself into a 30-day rehabilitation program to help her overcome an eating disorder. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder, to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” she told People magazine.
But Kesha is far from the first starlet to battle anorexia, bulimia, or any number of other forms of the disorder. We’ve seen lovely ladies like Christina Ricci and Mary-Kate Olsen wither away to dangerously thin states in the public eye—usually attributed to a combination of Hollywood’s overbearing pressure to be thin. But not all of these stories end in tragedy: Many celebrities, thankfully, were bravely able to overcome their obstacles, and have spoken openly about their struggles with weight.
Click through the gallery to see 12 women who openly battled eating disorders and came out on top. Kudos to them for their honesty, courage, and strength in the face of disorders that are all too rampant!