Katie Couric, the well-known and well-liked anchor, journalist and author has been an advocate for fitness and health for a long time. Her late husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42; as a result, Ms. Couric is a spokeswoman for colon cancer awareness. She underwent a colonoscopy on-air in March 2000.
She has been active in the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States.
On October 7, 2005, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ms. Couric had a mammogram on the Today show. Eleven years ago at the age of 54 her sister, Emily Couric, died of pancreatic cancer. Ms. Couric was the honored guest at the 2004 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation fall gala. As the Guest of Honor for the inaugural American Cancer Society Discovery Ball, Couric was recognized for her leadership in increasing cancer awareness and screening.
In 2011, Couric became the Honorary National Chair of the National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day campaign, a grassroots campaign to spotlight Parkinson’s disease awareness on a national level. Ms.Couric’s father died in 2011 at age 90 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
In light of her personal tragedies and her commitment to health and her own fitness plan (Katie weight trains, works her cardio-vascular system and practices Yoga source.) Katie could have revealed her six-year struggle with bulimia sooner. Some may call that cynical; some may say ‘better late than never.’
As a former social worker and personal trainer I would go out on a limb and suggest that Katie battles eating issues every day of her life. It would be nice if she could reveal how she deals with that. Like an alcoholic, eating disorders don’t go away. One is forever recovering. Having said that this Examiner has read the research and knows that one can recover with the right treatment and support. It is my hypothesis that one may recover from bulimia but another addiction (chocolate, exercise, alcohol, smoking, rituals) will take its place.
Page Six got the lead on what would be her emotional confession on her television show, today, September 4, 2012. She was interviewing the new X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who sought treatment for “emotional and physical issues” including eating disorders in late 2010.
Couric says on her show, “I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that. 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.
“Sources tell us that she was eventually able to beat the eating disorder with the help of a therapist and personal research into the lasting medical damage purging does to the body. It is estimated that 8 million people are suffering from an eating disorder.
We’re told that Couric has since maintained a healthy weight through diet and exercise, and is a huge fan of spin studio Flywheel, where she has been spotted working out daily ahead of the debut of her new show.” Source