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Kara DioGuardi recovered from binge eating disorder?

April 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Body Image

Kara DioGuardi, the American Idol judge, recently revealed she suffered from binge eating disorder, a condition that is finally being recognized by the DSM-IV as an “official” eating disorder (the press has coined it the “new” eating disorder, which is kind of comical if you think about it).

Anyway, while researching her story, the first link I found on Google led me to this cover shot.

Why does this just seem like a bad idea?

Maybe its because as a former eating disorder sufferer, posing like this seems, well, counter intuitive.

Perhaps I am bothered by the body revealing outfit surrounded by headlines like “EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS!”

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great she was willing to discuss the topic and share her personal story. That’s always a good thing because it helps reveal the truth behind the smiles of Hollywood.

But, there is a right and wrong way to “promote” yourself through such a revelation — isnt’ there? Something more modest perhaps?

Plus, my gut is just telling me something is funky about this. I think it is the look on her face, it just doesn’t say “recovered” to me.

I know, I know — I could be totally bogus, that is why I am writing this so don’t hammer me for it, tell me your thoughts. 🙂

Am I way off base?



16 Responses to “Kara DioGuardi recovered from binge eating disorder?”
  1. Shhhh says:

    *shrug* It doesn’t bother me any. I got the magazine in my mailbox the other day and read it voraciously, and didn’t find it disturbing in the least. But then, each to their own, right?

  2. Simone says:

    No intelligent comment, just wanted to say that I agree with your analysis. There’s just no way to present anything body-positive in that kind of magazine without sending a painfully ironic message…

  3. Simone says:

    ETA: I would be okay with the body-conscious outfit, if it weren’t for the fact that she was embedded in a wall of weight loss ads. For a lot of women (myself included), feeling comfortable in skimpy clothing is a sign that one really has made piece with ones body. Your mileage may vary, of course. ^_^

  4. Gina says:

    If Women’s Health is anything like Men’s Health, the cover lines are just recycled over and over.

    • mamaV says:

      This is hilarious — looks like the women are not the only ones being conned.

      Wouldn’t it be cool if someone did an investigation on Women’s magazines, comparing those same headlines to see how often they are duplicated?

  5. Lori says:

    I don’t have any problem with the “Eat more, weigh less” headlne, beyond the idea that everybody should weigh less, simply because I’m guessing that many binge-eating disorders are partly triggered by restrictive diets, and encouraging people not to be restrictive will probably result in a lot fewer people being binge eaters. (I’ve binged once in my life. It was about two months into a 1000-calorie a day diet, and that one time was enough to make me realize that I was obviously not giving my body what it needed.)

    But, I agree that posing on the cover of a magazine that seems to be totally centered on fitting one’s body into one extremely restrictive mold is probably not the best way to celebrate recovering from an eating disorder.

  6. lissa10279 says:

    I actually liked what she said, how she’d anesthetized herself with food so she wouldn’t have to feel what she felt … I could really relate to that, especially after a tough weekend like this one was for me on an emotional eating spectrum.

    All those covers are the same … and while I wish they’d be more sensitive to the cover story’s focus, I’m not at all surprised. They know what sells covers and sadly, that’s it.

  7. Danielle says:

    I completely understand this cover… although I don’t agree with it. There is a world that many don’t see, and it revolves around “recovery” from binge eating disorder being equated with weight loss.

    Many eating disorder treatment centers that offer “binge eating recovery programs” track weight loss and have weight loss announcements weekly. Recovery is celebrated in regaining a “normal” body, and those who do not lose weight are NOT considered to be in recovery.

    It makes me sick to even type the words, but I am not shocked to see this cover… maybe just sad because BED is so closely associated with weight, and instead of it being fairly treated as an eating disorder… calorie restriction is encouraged, along with extreme exercise. Kind of like “The Biggest Loser.”

    It sad to see professionals TEACH and ENCOURAGE restriction and excessive behaviors– the climate almost being that it is acceptable to become UNfat by means of just taking on a more acceptable eating disorder.


  8. Meems says:

    I agree with you on this one. I find it troubling when women who admit that they have struggled with eating disorders post in revealing outfits on covers promoting weight loss. It makes me very uncomfortable.

  9. Kieran Adams says:

    research suggest that calorie restriction can also lengthen a person’s life span’`;

  10. i have a friend who has eating disorder, she was rehabilitated when she almost died.’,-

  11. eating disorders can be very deadly, take a lot at Karen Carpenter~,-

  12. Sleep Aid : says:

    eating disorders when not properly treated can actually cause the death of a person.;-

  13. eating disorders are of course sometimes deadly because it can cause the degeneration of one’s health “-;


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  1. […] I’m not channeling the CBT techniques I learned in therapy, like trying to occupy myself with other thoughts or doing something else when the impulse to eat strikes — recognizing food won’t fill a void but rather is just anesthetizing me to whatever I’m feeling, as Kara DioGuardi noted in this month’s Women’s Health cover story. […]

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