Katie Couric Opens Up About Her Battle With Bulimia
Presenter Katie Couric has made the emotional confession that she suffered from bulimia during her late teens until her early 20s on a TV special about eating disorders.
The seasoned television anchor and newly-minted chat show host opens up about her battle with the condition on her new program, called Katie, today.
The 55-year-old chat show host, known for her sleek style, revealed that she spent her years in college trapped in a cycle of self-loathing and punishing herself, Page Six revealed.
Page Six reported that Couric will tell all about how she fought the crippling disorder when she speaks with new ‘X Factor’ judge Demi Lovato, who also sought help for eating disorders in late 2010.
Couric says on her show that she ‘wrestled’ with the condition throughout her years at the University of Virginia and for two years afterwards.
She says: ‘And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it’s one cookie or a stick of gum that isn’t sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that.’
She questions how people struggle to have a healthy relationship with their food and diet and how it is a massive part of their lives, Page Six of the New York Post reported.
The successful chat show host was suffering from bulimia, which started when she was 18, when she began her TV career at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C.
The television personality overcame the eating disorder by the time she was 24 with the help of a therapist and looking at the medical consequences of the condition.
Couric – who is famous for her controlled public image – said before her chat show began that even though she expects her chat show guests to open up, she would not be doing so herself.