Veteran journalist Katie Couric wasn’t always a confident woman with a roving nose for news. The former CBS Evening News host, 55, struggled with an eating disorder during her years as a coed at the prestigious University of Virginia.
Katie had just launched her broadcasting career as a correspondent at the ABC News bureau in Washington when she decided to enter therapy for treatment of bulimia:
“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…”
Couric makes the emotional confession during an interview with X Factor judge Demi Lovato, set to air on Monday’s edition of her syndicated ABC talk show, Katie. Lovato sought treatment for cocaine addiction and eating disorders at a Chicago-area rehabilitation center after suffering an emotional meltdown in October 2010.
These days, Couric stays in shape by keeping up a healthy regimen of diet and exercise:
“How do you have a healthy relationship with food, and say, ‘You know what, I can have one cookie and it’s OK?’ That is such a huge thing for people who wrestle with this.”