A while back, a reporter asked me my position regarding celebrities disclosing that they have struggled with eating disorders. She asked if I thought the disclosure was helpful or hurtful for the general public. I went with "helpful," and here's why: Obviously, I wish that no one had to suffer the physical and psychological damage of an eating disorder. But, since people do develop them, and since we're still learning how to best treat them, pay for treating them, etc., I think any type of public awareness is beneficial. For fans who struggle with eating disorders, learning of someone else's struggle may help with feelings of shame or isolation around the disorder. Moreover, I think it's important for the public to understand that a number of the singers, actresses, and models they admire are not as naturally thin as they appear. In many cases, they must go to drastic measures, in order to conform to our current body ideal (see Adriana Lima's recent revelation to the Telegraph for proof). For some, these measures may lead to the development of full-blown eating disorders. In my opinion, the more information we have that counteracts the idea that skinny (for all women) is healthy and effortless, the better.
What are your thoughts?