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(Trigger warning: mentions of eating disorders)

In the entertainment industry, being skinny is the trend and is often associated with good looks.

Many stars follow strict diets to achieve desired beauty standards. While many don’t harm themselves, some stars couldn’t help but go overboard, leading to serious health issues.

Here are the popular actors who have suffered from eating disorders for years.

UI

Singer and actress IU, also known as Lee Ji Eun, is one of the most adorable stars in the industry. However, she is also among those who have suffered malicious comments against her looks.

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Because of this, IU developed bulimia, a type of eating disorder where one makes people vomit to avoid gaining weight.

For the past few years, IU has opened up about her battle with bulimia. Thanks to the support and immense love of her fans, IU found the courage to receive advice.

UI

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IU has recovered from her dark phase and still uses her voice to spread her experience.

UEE

UEE started her career as an idol and a member of the popular girl group After School before branching out into comedy.

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Idols, as we all know, are subject to judgment and criticism. During her promotions with the group, she was often bullied by netizens due to her belly fat.

True, the singer-actress was obsessed with her appearance. She always looked at herself in the mirror, and when she noticed that she had gained a little weight, she punished herself with starvation.

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The UEE has also conditioned themselves to survive on one meal a day. Sometimes, when she eats too much, she forces herself to vomit out of guilt.

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Now she feels much better after taking better care of herself. She does not hide the fact that she suffered from bulimia, instead she uses her influence to educate fans and others.

Jang Na Ra

Although she may seem like an easy-going person, actress Jang Na Ra has actually struggled with her anxiety and eating disorders.

Jang Na Ra

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Like IU and UEE, the ‘Fated To Love You’ star developed bulimia from the pressure she put on herself.

After years of what seems like an endless struggle, Jang Na Ra has begun to reclaim her mental stability after following some guidance.

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Although eating disorders are widely associated with women, that doesn’t mean men can’t develop them as well.

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The ‘Doom at Your Service’ actor has been open about his bulimia issues. It started early in his career when JYP Entertainment told him that he would have to lose a few pounds to make his debut.

At this time, he began to obsess over his weight and his appearance. He also vomited after every meal in hopes of doing so.

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However, the vomiting-inducing disorder damaged his vocal cords, which resulted in him being voted out of his second audition.

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Luckily, he was able to change his ways and regain his confidence and positivity. Now better, he’s also one of the biggest and brightest stars in the industry.

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Written by Elijah Mully.