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Nicole Richie is Insulted That You Thought She Had an Eating Disorder

Nicole Richie is looking great these days now that’s she’s settled in to her post-baby figure and seems to be happy with her man, Joel Madden. For a long time though, especially after her alarming weight loss during her days on The Simple Life, questions were raised about wether or not Nicole was starving herself, on drugs, or perhaps some sort of combination of the two. In the article that accompanies her Marie Claire cover this month, Nicole dismisses these rumors for a final time… and kind of makes anyone who ever suggested she has an eating disorder sound like a jerk:

“I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t. It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible. An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease. I don’t think you can lightly say someone has a disease unless they are openly telling you that they do.”

Nicole brings up a good point, although I doubt that we’ll ever stop wondering aloud what’s going on with our favorite stars when they go from healthy-looking to rail thin. It’s human nature to want to know, but maybe we should think twice before throwing the A and B words around.

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  • Just because you say it’s so doesn’t make it so. There’ve been way too many deniers who have admitted years down the road they were either lying or in denial.

    Good for her that she looks like she has her shit together now though.

  • I really love the way she looks these days – but she misspoke. Rarely, if ever, does someone with an eating disorder let people know – it’s one of the least often talked about ‘diseases’ around. Bulimics don’t want anyone to know how many times they purge, nor do anorexics want people to know to what extent they are counting calories or exercising like maniacs to burn off the few calories they allowed themselves to have. So it’s very likely that she might have had some ‘issues’ that she wasn’t being forthcoming about. That being said – i hope she didn’t, and hope that she remains as lovely looking as she does now. Not uber-thin, just slender and very happy.

  • “I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t (eat). It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible (to eat 3 square meals a day). An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease (or a lifestyle choice). I don’t think you can lightly (toast bread or) say someone has a (food-related) disease unless they are openly (anorexic or) telling you that they do (not like food).”

  • What the hell Molls? No one was casually throwing the A and B words around, it was after close scrutiny. Yea, people who say they don’t have a problem must not have a problem. Right.

  • Well okay, then she was thin because she was a heroin addict and pill junkie. Feel better Nicole? It’s times like this when you realize she’s in a delusional bubble and isn’t very smart. The thousands of photos of your skeleton show exactly what you were.

    You wash up good but you were a junkie. Best thing is to simply not talk.

  • When you have an eating disorder it doesn’t just disappear when you have a child. I struggled with bulimia before, during and after being pregnant with my children. When I see celebrities such as Nicole Ritchie and Victoria Beckham, I just wonder what sort of relationship they have with their partners? My husband knew I was ill and gently guided me then asked me to seek help. These women are sick and they know it. No one else can intervene until they take that step. I can spot a fellow sufferer a mile off.

  • During the 18 years of my ED, the one thing that would make me the most upset is someone saying I had an ED. I knew I was sick. Hell, yeah! I seriously would have rather died than be fat. That’s why I checked myself out of the hospital against medical advice. I tend to think that about as many people are naturally skin & bones as there are people who are “big boned.” I can spot them, too, Poop. And if you are like me, you shake your head because you know that nobody can EVER help her until she is ready to help herself.

  • i’m confused, this website thrives on making careless assumptions about celebrities.

    also there is not denying the bag of bones she was for awhile… her weight loss was insane, she was wasting away. If she does not like the scrutiny she could always can the whole celebrity thing and live like the rest of us.

  • People make comments to me all the time how thin I am and have asked if I eat at all. It’s frustrating because I eat three meals a day at least and many times more than others. I happen to have a fast metabolism. Looking at old family photos I see where I got it from. My early relatives were just as thin and lanky. I enjoy junk food just like anyone else, but I don’t eat it every day. I think many people would be a lot thinner/slimmer if they cut out alcohol, daily sweets, white products (white sugar, white potatoes, white flour), power walked 30 minutes a day and stopped eating after 7pm. Not that anyone cares…that is what I do. It has never occurred to me to comment on someone’s weight and always shocked when people do it to me. Maybe Nicole has a fast metabolism, small appetite, and nervous energy. That alone can keep a person very thin. Not everything leads to having an eating disorder.

  • I agree its totally insulting and unfair to claim that nicole is suffering from eating disorder just because she lost so much weight.
    The media are just waiting for a chance to make up stories about celebs and get publicity.