Katie Couric will get candid on bulimia battle: ‘I aspired to be thin and lanky’


Katie Couric lastly has a weight lifted off her shoulders.

The broadcast journalist, 64, bought very candid in her memoir, “Going There,” about how she struggled with bulimia within the Nineteen Eighties.

In her guide, which The Post obtained forward of its Oct. 26 launch, she detailed how she suffered from the consuming dysfunction for seven or eight years beginning when she was a teen. In one chapter, she wrote about not stepping into Smith College and feeling so dejected that she chugged baking soda and water. She then caught her finger down her throat to make herself throw up.

The anchorwoman’s guide additionally describes how her household took weight-reduction plan critically and the way it “was a way of life” in her family. Her mom and sisters would survive on Tab soda and cottage cheese.

“Starve, cheat, binge, purge — the cycle would take years to break,” she wrote.

But many years later, Couric is studying to like her physique, she told People in a profile for the book. “When I go to the doctor, I weigh myself backwards — I look out,” she mentioned. “Sometimes I flat-out refuse. I don’t want it to ruin my day.”

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Couric watching the congressional Iran-Contra hearings within the ’80s.
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She additionally mirrored on reminiscences of weight-reduction plan amongst her household.

“I think there was an aspect of perfectionism and high achieving that was very much a part of our family, and that contributed to my discontent about my body,” she advised People. “There was so much pressure on women, and dieting was so much a part of the culture.” 

“Like so many women of our generation, I aspired to be thin and lanky and all the things I’m not,” the former “Today” show anchor added. “I think back on my formative years when Twiggy was all the rage and that period of time in the ’60s. And there seemed to be an ideal body type, which was extremely thin.”

Couric bought by her bulimia when she noticed how dangerous it was for her well being and for the folks round her.

“I really just started to understand how dangerous it was,” she advised People. “When Karen Carpenter died [of heart failure caused by years of anorexia] in 1983, it shook me to the core.” Carpenter was an acclaimed singer and drummer who was recognized for her hit single “Looking for Love” / “I’ll Be Yours” and was a part of the music duo the Carpenters.

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Carpenter handed away in 1983 after affected by anorexia for many of her life.
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“I do the best I can. I think probably some of my own neuroses were channeled to them, but I try to emphasize healthy eating and taking care of yourself,” Couric continued. “Food still plays a slightly outsized role in my consciousness, but not nearly as much as it did.”

If you or somebody you like is scuffling with an consuming dysfunction, you may get assist. Call the National Eating Disorder Association helpline at (800) 931-2237 or go to nationaleatingdisorders.org. Or name the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders helpline at (888) 375-7767 or go to anad.org