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How Idol's Kara DioGuardi Handles Her Eating Disorder

How Idol's Kara DioGuardi Handled Her Eating Disorder

Kara DioGuardi joined the judges' table on this season of American Idol, but growing up she was scared to try new things for the fear of being judged. An extraordinary sense of insecurity led Kara to develop an eating disorder, and while she discussed her feelings during the time she spent in a treatment center, Kara recently opened up about the subject for the first time in an interview.

Kara explained, "I never threw up or starved myself. It was an eating disorder. I actually went into a treatment center for it . . . I would get up and eat in the middle of the night." Kara credits her recovery to becoming a songwriter; instead of eating her feelings, she expresses them through writing. Now she's helping kids with building confidence in a treatment center where she also keeps a studio, and the work is therapeutic for her, too. To see what Kara said about American Idol,

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While Kara has come a long way from the days of her disordered eating, she still has feelings of insecurity and said, "I had this craziness in my head that I had to be perfect all the time and I face it now on Idol 25 years later. It's kind of like, 'Oh god, why did I say that? Why did I do this?' But I made this commitment in my life to face my fears and if I am afraid of something, I make sure I do it." All of our problems are a work in progress, and it seems that attacking them head-on is the fastest way to make a dent.

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