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Portia de Rossi Quote About Eating Disorder

Do You Appreciate It When Stars Open Up About Struggles?

Portia de Rossi has been making the rounds this week opening up about the unbearable lightness of being anorexic and bulimic. In her new book and in the interviews promoting it, the openly gay actress has offered a very honest, and very dark portrayal of life with an eating disorder. Portia tells People about her state of mind when she weighed only 82 pounds:

"At the time, I thought, 'Okay, my arms look awful so I should cover them up, but my legs look pretty okay now.' I didn't think I was crazy to only eat 300 calories a day. That made perfect sense to me."

Portia, who suffered organ failure and osteoporosis, started battling her eating disorder while working on Ally McBeal, and she points to the pressure from that show, along with her then-closeted sexuality, as the reason behind her struggle. Very thin women on TV can influence a regular woman's body image, and Portia's honesty about the unhealthy and painful side of extreme thinness does make it seem anything but glamorous. Do you appreciate her openness?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I'm with Ruby, yes and no. Obviously people will respond well or poorly to different celebrities and their problems, based on their own problems, and anything that makes a difference to even a couple people is a good thing. Though I think a lot of celebrities over-share and just do it for the attention.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
Yes and No. I think it depends on if you relate to them. In this particular story I say yes. Watching Portia on Oprah I felt like she was speeking to me. It touched me, I felt it. I am now reading her book and it's quite healing for me. For that I am grateful.
GTCB GTCB 5 years
No. Celebrities require attention in order to stay celebrities. Pretty much anything they say and do must be taken with a grain of salt. Honestly, I'm shocked when anyone in Hollywood can articulate an informed opinion on something, as my expectations match the bar, which is set very low as of late.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 5 years
On their own terms yes but not when they're yielding to prodding reporters who only succeed in fragmenting the story at best no.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
This might make me sound cold and uncaring, but honestly: It's not a celebrity's job to share her problems with me, and it's not my job to feel sympathy for her problems. It's her job to make some form of entertainment for me to watch and my job to buy it so I have some pathetic escape from my dreary suburban life. Now, I think it's great that women like Portia are saying, "Hey I was anorexic and I thought I looked good but it really wasn't healthy!" But we certainly shouldn't be pressuring people to share their private stories.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
This might make me sound cold and uncaring, but honestly: It's not a celebrity's job to share her problems with me, and it's not my job to feel sympathy for her problems. It's her job to make some form of entertainment for me to watch and my job to buy it so I have some pathetic escape from my dreary suburban life.Now, I think it's great that women like Portia are saying, "Hey I was anorexic and I thought I looked good but it really wasn't healthy!" But we certainly shouldn't be pressuring people to share their private stories.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Although this does make all of Lucille Bluth's jokes about Lindsay's weight a little less funny.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Yes. I think it's very important to make it clear that for the majority of women you can't be that thin while being healthy.
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