While flipping through Page Six, I saw a blip that caught my eye: Couric Admits Bulemia Battle. Granted, this tidbit was publicized *prior* to Monday afternoon's 3pm episode of Katie, Couric's talkshow. With special guest, Demi Lovato, a starlet who famously and, not to mention, bravely, battled her own eating disorder in the public eye.
Look, I've never had much of an opinion, one way or the other, about Katie Couric. Obviously, I knew who she was. She's co-anchored/hosted like a zillion nationally-syndicated television shows and programs! She loves Flywheel as much as I do (...not to mention the time that I saw her at Flybarre in East Hampton last summer). She tragically lost her husband to cancer. And she has a brand new talk show. In fact, Jessica Simpson was her first guest. OK. Nevermind. I do know much more about Katie than the 'Average Joe,' I suppose.
After reading about Katie's admittal (of her past struggles with an eating disorder), I gained a whole new respect for the woman I once pegged as "just the same as all of the other female television anchors." She's got balls. Passion. And, obviously, she believes that this epidemic is important enough to address with her audience of millions. Look, even if she only reaches one inflicted girl/woman - or boy/man - maybe, just maybe, they will begin to feel a little less isolated and alone. And, hopefully, find the confidence to seek out the help and treatment they so desperately need.
What many people don't realize is that, if left untreated, an eating disorder can lead to a very untimely death. How do I know? Because that's how we lost one of our family members...
So, with that, bravo to you, Katie. Your courage to speak-out will, undoubtedly, save someone's (if not many someone's) life.
Until we eat again,
The Lunch Belle