July 5, 2006

Keira’s anorexia?

Posted in Celebrities, Fashion at 11:49 pm by Calico Jack

When does being thin cross the line into an eating disorder? After appearing in a revealing metallic Gucci sheath for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest premiere in London, Keira Knightley is denying rumors that she is currently struggling with anorexia:

“(The press) said to me yesterday ‘How does it feel to be called anorexic?’ and I had no idea that I was,” Knightley said. “I’m not saying there aren’t people in the film industry that suffer from it, because I am sure that there are. But I’m quite sure I don’t have it.”

Even with her claims otherwise, some people are still skeptical–especially since she admitted yesterday that anorexia has affected her family.

I think that the claims of anorexia, especially among Hollywood’s actresses, are sometimes overstated. It is a serious problem, to be sure, but diet and exercise do not necessarily lead to a disorder. Image is everything in Hollywood, and there are those who struggle with eating disorders (Lindsay Lohan, for one), but just because a person is thin does not mean that she is also anorexic.

In Keira’s defense, she’s always been skinny; and her body type is definitely ectomorphic. In a recent interview with Elle magazine, she revealed that she thrives on pasta and wine, and she hasn’t visited a gym in six months. That doesn’t really sound like someone struggling with an eating disorder, does it?

Still, take a closer look at the above picture (a larger image can be found here.) I don’t often see girls whose clavicles and ribs are so easily visible. Contrast that picture with one taken at the Pride and Prejudice premiere back in September:

She looks much healthier there, and it’s hard to argue with the photos. I just hope that if there is a problem, Keira won’t be in denial. It is often extremely hard for girls to admit that they have a disorder, and it can prevent them from getting the help that they need. Sadly, I speak with much familiarity.

On a lighter note, doing research on Keira–especially finding good photos of her–was quite enjoyable. Perhaps next time I should dig through all of the photos of Kate Beckinsale to see if having a child seven years ago affects her figure, even today…

Edward Teach adds: Whatever she is claiming, I would say that she is looking quite anorexic to me. You can count far too many bones…Perhaps she should add some meat to the pasta and switch some milk for that wine. I doubt even a glass of wine a day will do much for her heart if she gets any thinner.

1 Comment »

  1. Tara said,

    Keira is looking a lot thinner in that Gucci dress, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt for now.

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