Romance Helped Ricci Overcome Anorexia
Falling in love helped actress Christina Ricci conquer anorexia.
The 24-year-old SLEEPY HOLLOW star has battled the eating disorder since she was 14, with her weight dropping to just 38 kilograms (six stones).
Ricci - who has been dating SAVING PRIVATE RYAN star Goldberg for a year - says, "I'm in love for the first time. I've accepted my body now and my boyfriend has helped me a lot. When someone loves you and loves your body, you feel sexy.
"My anorexia had a huge amount to do with the fact that I'd developed this body and yet wasn't ready to be a sexual being.
"I didn't want it. I wanted to be a child because all of my success - all of the good things I valued - had come when I was a kid."
And on her new life, she adds, "I decided, because of my early experiences with anorexia, that I wasn't going to worry about my weight any more. I was just going to be who I am.
"I just looked at when I was most successful - in BUFFALO 66 and THE OPPOSITE OF SEX - and I was heavier than I am now. If you're going to differentiate yourself from every other actress, why not have it be your body?"01/07/2004 17:22