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Professional Surfer Carissa Moore on Overcoming an Eating Disorder: 'I Struggled with Binge-Eating'

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Professional Surfer Carissa Moore on Overcoming an Eating Disorder: 'I Struggled with Binge-Eating'

Originally posted 01/07/2016 10:15AM

When you watch World Champion surfer Carissa Moore glide through the waves, she looks elegant, strong and confident. But she didn't always feel that way, and says her low self-esteem led her to binge-eat.

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YouTube Star Lindsey Stirling On Overcoming Anorexia: 'I Knew I Could Be Happy Again'

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YouTube Star Lindsey Stirling On Overcoming Anorexia: 'I Knew I Could Be Happy Again'

Originally posted 12/10/2015 01:45PM

YouTube star and violinist Lindsey Stirling is opening up about her past struggles with anorexia and depression, in the hope that others battling eating disorders will know they're not alone.

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The View Co-Hosts Apologize for Eating Disorder Jokes: 'We Never Want to Offend Anybody'

Originally posted 11/19/2015 05:45PM

The women of The View have apologized for joking about eating disorders.

After discussing a PEOPLE interview in which Donald Trump said he has lost 15 lbs. on the campaign trail, the co-hosts began joking about weight and whether their was a difference between being skinny and thin. After the commercial break, that turned into joking about the merits of anorexia vs. bulimia.

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Essena O'Neill Admits to Skipping Meals and Exercising Obsessively to Feel Confident on Social Media

Originally posted 11/16/2015 06:00PM

You're My Inspiration from Essena O'Neill on Vimeo. In a photo formerly posted to her Instagram account, Essena O'Neill poses in front of a mirror wearing running shorts and a sports bra to show off a toned stomach and slim thighs – but O'Neill is now sharing the darker truth behind a seemingly harmless image.

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Catholic School Teacher Says She Was Fired for Having an Eating Disorder

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Catholic School Teacher Says She Was Fired for Having an Eating Disorder

Originally posted 11/11/2015 03:15PM

Donna Shute took a job as an English teacher at a Catholic girls' school shortly after receiving her master's degree, and says she was fired after taking an agreed-upon leave of absence to seek treatment for an eating disorder.

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DWTS's Alexa PenaVega on Her Struggle with Bulimia: 'In a Strange Way, You Enjoy It'

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Alexa PenaVega on Her Struggle with Bulimia: 'In a Strange Way, You Enjoy It'

Originally posted 11/10/2015 09:40AM

For six years, Alexa PenaVega silently struggled with bulimia.

But thanks to the confidence she found while competing on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, the former Spy Kids star, 27, found the strength to go public with her story.

"The one thing that I had always wanted was for someone to be real with me about that whole situation," PenaVega told PEOPLE after Monday's show of her battle with bulimia, which started in childhood after she was told by a movie producer that she was too fat.

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Former Anorexic Woman Who Once Weighed 65 Lbs. Posts Photos of Her Curves to Promote Body Positivity

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Former Anorexic Woman Who Once Weighed 65 Lbs. Posts Photos of Her Curves to Promote Body Positivity

Originally posted 11/05/2015 03:30PM

A 22-year-old English woman is on a mission to use her struggle and recovery from anorexia to inspire others to love their bodies.

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Instagram Star Who Quit Social Media Breaks Down Crying in Reaction to Positive Responses

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Instagram Star Who Quit Social Media Breaks Down Crying in Reaction to Positive Responses

Originally posted 11/03/2015 06:00PM

Australian Instagram star Essena O'Neill decided to overhaul her social media accounts in an attempt to show that what you see online is not real life – and the reaction she's gotten has been overwhelming.

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Woman with Eating Disorder Explains the Problem with a Sexy 'Anna Rexia' Halloween Costume

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Woman with Eating Disorder Explains the Problem with a Sexy 'Anna Rexia' Halloween Costume

Originally posted 10/28/2015 05:00PM

Jessi Davin has struggled with anorexia, and she wants people to know there is nothing sexy about it.

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Stephanie Pratt Reveals Descent into Bulimia and Drug Addiction: 'I Didn't Care About Anything. I Could Live or Die'

Stephanie Pratt Reveals Descent into Bulimia and Drug Addiction: 'I Didn't Care About Anything. I Could Live or Die'

Originally posted 08/21/2015 04:50PM

The Hills showed viewers Stephanie Pratt growing out of her teens and into a young woman. But as her new biography reveals, the six seasons of the glossy show didn't touch on her very real struggles, including addiction to crystal meth and bulimia.

In Made in Reality, Pratt admits to becoming addicted to crystal meth when she was only 16 or 17 and attending Crossroads School for Arts & Science, a private college prep school in Santa Monica, California.

"I was on the extreme level, and addiction developed instantly," Pratt says in the current issue of New! magazine. The former reality star – who writes that she kept her meth kit in a Hello Kitty bag – tells the magazine, "[I smoked] probably four times before school, then at snack ... probably 12 or 13 times a day."

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