January 10, 2006

Actress Talks About Bulimia Struggle

Lindsay Lohan, who was hospitalized in Miami this week for an asthma attack, told Vanity Fair in an interview that she has dabbled in drugs and battled bulimia.

The 19-year-old actress-pop singer said that after the success of 2004’s “Mean Girls,” she dabbled in drugs “a little,” but she quickly added: “I’ve gotten that out of my system.” When asked if her drug use included cocaine, Lohan denied it. She did, though, more openly discuss last year’s drastic weight loss. Lohan acknowledged that she was suffering from bulimia: “I was making myself sick.”Lohan said that before she hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Tina Fey and “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels sat her down.“They said, ‘You need to take care of yourself. We care about you too much,’ and I just started bawling,”

Lohan said. “I knew I had a problem and I couldn’t admit it.”“I saw that ‘SNL’ after I did it,” she added. “My arms were disgusting. I had no arms.”Lohan said she’s doing much better: “You have to learn for yourself, and you have to hit rock bottom sometimes to get yourself back to the top.

”Lohan co-stars in Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” due in theaters in June. She’s also set to begin shooting “Chapter 27,” a film about John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in two weeks.Lohan’s mother and manager, Dina, told OK! magazine Wednesday that her daughter was getting better after being hospitalized Monday night for the asthma attack.

The Associated Press


  1. I totally agree with the staement 'You have to hit rock bottom sometimes to get yourself back to the top.' We don't necessarily see/ admit the damage we are doing until we get rock bottom. Then once we are there the only way is up!

    However, if I am honest I have stopped reading articles on Lohan, everywhere you look there is another. Yes, she has bulimia but do we really want her to be the publics 'definition' of being bulimic. Seems to me, maybe just a bit of a publicity stunt.

    My other concern with Lohan, is that the bulimia seems to be 'tied' with the drug taking and some of the articles read as if to have bulimia you have to take drugs or if you take drugs you'll end up with an ed - rubbish!

    Anyway these are just my opinions, I would be interested to her others views on this.

    Sarah Lou

  2. I think this whole thing is a big question mark. Lindsay remarked that she was making herself sick (a term I personally find ridiculous) but that does not mean she was bulimic. It looks to me like the girl was severly undernourished and underweight. Well into the weight range of being considered anorexic. She may well have been a purging anorexic, vomiting to rid herself of food she was either required or felt required to eat. I am forever clarifying to people I know that the fact that someone purges what they does not in fact make them bulmic. Of all people, we should know that. The criteria are so specific that I didn't even truly fall into them until I starting into recovery....and hit the binge cylce full force. Until then I technically would have been EDNOS, as I only vomited normal meals that I was eating. I spent over 8 years doing that with no binge behavior. I wish the press coverage would be about how an eating disorders are destructive and unhealthy, less about jumping to a label that Lindsay didn't even utter herself. The girl obviously needs help and I hope she gets it. This is such a complicated issue and rash judgement conclusions by the media only perpetuate the misunderstanding. Just my two cents for the day.

  3. Sarah St - I was going to comment, then read yours and you said it so eloquently, I don't think I can contribute anything better! Thank you for your comments. I completely agree and I am forever amazed by the BALLS the media has to make statements like it does. I fear that Lindsay Lohan is being puppeted around by an PR agent who thinks this is a good thing for her career to spin in a way that drugs were once spun. Nuh uh.

    That's my 2.

  4. Oh, and thanks Lesle for posting! It's a good topic for discussion.


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