The esteemed, yet quirky, Diane Keaton is an incredible actress, a style icon and an otherwise top notch celebrity. On May 8, the 68-year-old Academy Award winner admitted to having a severe eating disorder for a few years while she was in her 20s.
Keaton opened up about her past with bulimia to Dr. Oz. During the decade when she was becoming a real Hollywood star who would later make waves by acting in films like Annie Hall (1977) and Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977), she was binging and purging on about 20,000 calories a day. Keaton’s quotations about her own suffering are beyond relatable for some who have had similar struggles.
On what it feels like to be bulimic:
“All I did was feed my hunger. I was an addict…”
It’s obviously not the case for all those with bulimic tendencies, but for some, it really does feel like all you can do is stuff yourself when there’s an emptiness in you.
When you’re consumed with consuming and then ridding yourself of food, it’s hard to feel like you’re progressing as a human:
“When you’re living with a lie for four years, it wipes out any growth whatsoever.”
Eating disorders take over your body and your mind. It doesn’t matter if you’re a movie star or a high school student, ED takes it all out of you.
According to Radar Online, Keaton shared a list of some of the foods she consumed in the throes of her disorder. That list included a bucket of chicken, multiple rounds of french fries with blue cheese and ketchup, two TV dinners, heaps of candy, a whole cake and three banana cream pies. Perhaps those who do not have a problem with binge eating, the thought of tucking into a few pies, a chicken bucket and big cake sounds kind of fun, but to those who compulsively eat, all of these flavorful and comforting treats are weapons you use to punish yourself. The act of purging in the aftermath is another way to self harm. Binging and purging is dangerous, scary, and highly distressing.
Thankfully, Diane Keaton recovered:
“One day I stopped…I never, ever did it again. I just stopped and I don’t even know why.”
This is not the case for everyone, but Keaton worked with a therapist and overcame bulimia.
It’s commendable that Keaton found the strength to work with a therapist and eventually stopped literally making herself sick. It’s more commendable yet that someone with her fame and status is willing to talk so candidly about bulimia, an eating disorder that’s given little attention compared to anorexia. Thank you, Diane Keaton! It’s nice to know what can be achieved after recovery. A tip of a bowler hat fit for Annie Hall to you.
H/T Radar Online