7 Men Who Have Suffered From Eating Disorders


While the stereotypical face of eating disorders in our cultural consciousness is almost uniformly female, that certainly doesn’t mean that these diseases don’t also affect men. Of the estimated 30 million people in the United States who have eating disorders, about 10 million of them are men. Yet, men’s experiences with eating disorders are often under-diagnosed, overlooked, or purposely kept hush-hush.

Here are seven famous men who have bravely spoken out about their struggles with anorexia, bulimia and other disorders. Read about their stories and maybe you’ll think twice next time you’re tempted to use the word manorexic.

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob has said he struggled with anorexia, at one point losing 59 pounds and living off of Twizzlers and tuna. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Caleb Followill

Musician Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon struggled with anorexia and compulsive exercise as a teen, he revealed in 2008. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Radio.com

Russell Brand

Russel Brand is very open about overcoming drug and sex addiction but he's also spoken about having an eating disorder as a teenager. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Daniel Johns

Daniel Johns of the band Silverchair has been super vocal (since 1999!) about his experience with eating disorders and depression. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Dennis Quaid

In 2006, Dennis Quaid revealed to People magazine that he had anorexia in the mid-1990s after losing a lot of weight for a film role. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Screen Actors Guild Foundation

Elton John

In recent years, Elton John has talked about his experience with bulimia. He says being able to talk about it with fellow bulimic Princess Diana helped in his recovery. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Ashley Hamilton

Ashley Hamilton, an actor most recently known for Iron Man 3, opened up about his eating disorder and addiction last spring. He says he had both anorexia and bulimia and used drugs and alcohol to cope with them. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

February 23 to March 1 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To read our special coverage on ED topics, click here.

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      It’s great that these men have come out and spoken about an issue that is so rarely discussed. In a lot of ways I think that male eating disorders often show how much of a mental illness having an ED really is, rather than what so many people write off as a diet gone overboard or, worse, a “phase” people grow out of.