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Stephanie Pratt Says The Hills Made Her Bulimic

In a recent issue of Us Weekly, Stephanie Pratt opened up for the first time about her struggle with bulimia. Stephanie cites working alongside her super-skinny costars on The Hills as the cause of her eating disorder, which began after joining the cast in 2007. After watching a scene she shot with Lauren Conrad, the 5'7" star said, "I was horrified. I remember saying, 'I can't believe how huge I look walking over to Lauren.'" Then the awful cycle of binging and purging began. When filming in Hawaii with female cast members clad in only bikinis, Stephanie wore a bathing suit and a cover-up. When she asked costar Audrina Patridge what looked better, "shirt on or off," and Audrina responded "On," Pratt really felt the pressures to be thin. Stephanie said she never felt pressure directly from the producers, but she said, "It's embarrassing working with skinny girls."

Do you empathize with Stephanie? Have you ever felt pressure from your peers or co-workers to be "skinny"?


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Yayoi4 Yayoi4 7 years
Poor Stephanie, I understand her situation but nowadays girls are like that it's almost imposible trying to change the way they think about their bodies.
Sophie827 Sophie827 7 years
I don't think the show was actually the cause of her disorder, but it was probably the trigger point.If you have the right personality type and have grown up in society where you have to be skinny to be considered beautiful (or even acceptable) then it can take something as little as nasty comment to push you over the edge. I don't doubt she went down the binge/purge road - I just don't know what you'd want that to be a cover story on US weekly.
iheartstyle iheartstyle 8 years
I myself havent felt pressured although lately i have become so much more worried about my weight. I can see why someone like Stephanie would be self concious even though she wasn't fat, it was just because the people around her were skinnier and she probably felt like she had to look like the rest of them
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
wow...who would have though 108 was heavy? i've always thought stephanie was one of the skinnier ones! LC, Whitney, and Lo all look pretty healthy sized to me....maybe around 120lbs?
Advah Advah 8 years
Who cares about Pratt, all I want to know is who Rob's "women" are! :D In all seriousness (ok I wasn't really kidding), I agree with JLMac. It's great for her if she's actually recovering from an eating disorder, but I don't like how it's become "fashionable" to talk about it. Again, it's fantastic that some people now feel free to say they were pressured into losing weight in unhealthy ways, but please let's not use that as a publicity stunt.
PinkPeony PinkPeony 8 years
I call bullshit on being 5'7 and 108. I don't think Gisele is even 108 and she's a LOT skinnier than this girl. I have little to no sympathy for this fake story.
TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
In a recent episode, Stephanie casually mentioned something to Lauren about the pressure to stay thin. Lauren agreed. It doesn't surprise me that she felt this way. But does seem a little like a publicity stunt.
livetolove livetolove 8 years
I remember freshmen year of college when I gained about 10-15lbs (I wasn't fat but a bit more meaty than I had been before) and when I went to order a starbucks drink and the barista asked me if I wanted whip cream or not, the guy friend I was with (who I had a crush on) shook his head and said "man that's like 1000 calories. Didn't you want to lose some of the freshmen 15?" I haven't gotten whip cream or a real starbucks drink since. That summer I became so obsessed with getting "tiny" again that I developed an ED and spent the next two years fighting myself emotionally and physically--it's not a battle I EVER wish upon anyone. Don't let anyone tell you how to look or feel....
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Never watched The Hills and I only know her because of The Hills, gotta love how that works out. Either way, I never felt the pressure from anyone to lose weight. I'm a "bigger", curvier girl and I love the way I look. I hear from family members that I'm fat, but I don't listen to them because I don't think I'm fat... and thats all that matters. My doctor said I'm 7lbs overweight, which I can deal with, I've weighed the same for the past 3 or 4 years now (5'3", 148lbs, not ashamed to say it.) I just wish women (and men) would appreciate their bodies... there is no ideal body... there is no way to be perfect, there is no such thing as perfect. Just love yourself and take care of yourself... thats as perfect as you can get.
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
i watched the Hills since the beginning and never thought that Stephanie was "huge" compared to the other cast. She should be happy that she believes that she is recovering. Publicising what to anyone else would be a private and sensitive topic seems bizarre. if I were in her shoes i wouldn't want the world to know my insecurities. Doesn't the media/tabloids make it hard enough on celebrities as it is?
aeschere aeschere 8 years
as a girl who is continuing to recover from her ED for over a year now... i know for certain i would never ever EVER have been in a bikini on camera. in fact, i refused to own one. and being around skinny girls is definitely triggering... so i can understand how someone would develop those body issues that way... to each their own i suppose
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Ok, some people do look 'bigger' due to their bone structure and stuff, oh that happens to my cousin, she's not fat but she just looks bigger for some reason, but she has embraced it. And no one can make you have bulimia, I think. I understand the pressure being the only gal with the bigger bone structure where I came from (and yes, all the gals I was friends with were TINY, SKINNY), and yes, I got teased by them (the gals) for being 'big' and by the boys who think I was 'fat' although when I looked ok (not overweight--just average) when I saw the pics of my high school years. And yes, my mom pressured me to lose weight because she thought I was not good-looking enough unless I lost like 20-30 lbs. :) Oh well, it didn't turn me bulimic though. But I understand not liking people who tease you all the time when it comes to your weight. :p And make you kinda decide to not be their friends anymore. :)
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Stephanie did look like she might be a bit bigger than everyone else on The Hills [not that she was any sort of huge, thick or's just those girls are REALLY stick-thin], but that's sad if this is true. Of course I've felt the pressure to be thin from friends and coworkers...*everyone* else IS thin, comparatively to me. It's not like they go out of their way to make me feel uncomfortable, but it's there, you know? And they never ate healthy in the least...they just wouldn't eat much of anything, besides downing coffee and bagels [I hate BOTH of those!] As a much larger person than them, I ate a mostly plant-based diet already, but I would always feel guilty eating ANYTHING in their presence, much less "unhealthy" foods. Starving just makes me that much hungrier, and they would always give me the "look" like I was a slob or something for wanting some grilled salmon with brown rice and veggies for dinner.
petites-mains petites-mains 8 years
As someone who has struggled with Bulimia in the past, I found this cover story a little offensive. Although I do relate to the peer pressure of being around a lot of very thin girls, eating disorders are rooted in issues much deeper than just skinny coworkers. I think JLMac makes a really good point. Most people struggling with an eating disorder would certainly not want to be posing in a swimsuit for all of America to see. Bulimia is a serious disease and it looks like Stephanie Pratt is using it as some kind of irresponsible publicity stunt. What kind of message is she sending by saying she felt "huge" at 108 lbs?? I commend women who come forward with their ED struggles if their intentions are to inform the public and help others feel supported and heal, but Stephanie Pratt seems to be just out for attention. However, if her struggles are legitimate I wish her the best in her recovery.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I was in college, there were several girls that lived on my dorm floor that were really skinny. At the time, I was pretty heavy and I remember thinking that it was unfair that these girls could be both smart AND pretty/thin. It inspired me to start eating more like them (not so much junk food; more fruits and veggies) and start losing weight and getting healthier. Then again, no one that lived on my floor was really super-skinny...most of them were very average sized girls; I just felt really huge in comparison.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
JLMac makes a good point about the bikini-clad cover. Not exactly the picture of someone struggling with self-image problems.
patiwroblewski patiwroblewski 8 years
I totally understand her, isnt that the reason why we all start to diet?
equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
I can relate to where she's coming from. Honestly, I think that she was the most "real" looking girl on the show, but if I were in her position, I definitely would feel the pressure to be thin! Lauren is in GREAT shape and hardly eats (see previous FitSugar posts on her), and Audrina is a twig. I'm sure Steph's enjoying the press she's getting from it, but I also totally understand where she's coming from.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i still wonder what purpose her annoying ass served on the hills, and i read this article and for some inane reason she thought being 108lbs at 5'7 made her "huge" in comparison to everyone else. i think she's absurd and with this story has turned a private matter into public one for no other reason then attention.
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