Thursday, December 12, 2013
From news service reports
NEW YORK — Viewers of Katie Couric's talk show were doubtless surprised Monday when, during the discussion of eating disorders, Couric disclosed that she had had her own struggles with that cruel, sometimes deadly condition.
Host Katie Couric, left, and Demi Lovato, a singer and judge on “The X Factor,” appear on “Katie” on Monday. The bulk of the show was devoted to the topic of eating disorders.
The Associated Press
Norman Bridwell celebrates the 50th anniversary Monday of his creation, Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The Associated Press
"I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that," she said, describing the guilt she felt at eating a single cookie or chewing a stick of gum that wasn't sugar-free.
But the bulk of the show was devoted to her guests, who included experts on the subject as well as its sufferers, notably singer and new "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato.
During the hour, Couric said little more about her experience, which she had never before made public.
"I kind of hesitated to even bring it up," she told The Associated Press after the taping. "But I felt that if I expect people on my show to be honest, then, when relevant, I owe it to people watching to be honest myself.
"I wanted to focus on my guests," she said, "while acknowledging one of the reasons this issue is so important to me: I went through it."
It's all part of a balance Couric is striving for on her new syndicated daytime show, "Katie," between sharing her experiences and turning her show into a personal confessional.
But in an exclusive interview with the AP, Couric, 55, shared details about the illness that first plagued her as a senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va.
It began, she said, when she learned she had been turned down by the college she most wanted to attend.
Couric was a likely candidate for an eating disorder.
"Like a lot of young women, I was struggling with my body image," she said, "and feeling like I wasn't good enough or attractive enough or thin enough."
She termed her figure at the time as "curvy," and not the cultural ideal, which she identified as "5-foot-8 and weighing 115 pounds. It can be so difficult to embrace the body that you have if it doesn't fit with the ideal. Women get praised for being super-thin, so you keep striving to be that way."
She said her disorder "ebbed and flowed" through the years.
"Some periods were worse than others, when I was bingeing and purging a lot," she said. "I'd have a piece of gum that wasn't sugarless and then say, 'Oh! I've been bad,' and then feel so terrible that I would eat and throw up. It was awful.
"But what I'm describing is something so many people have gone through or are going through," she noted, "and it's so damaging, both psychically and physically."
Couric attended the University of Virginia, then landed her first job at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C. And even then, she was waging a battle with food.
With the help of a therapist, she had a grip on her condition by her early 20s, though "it didn't mean that I didn't still have issues and feel bad about myself."
Clifford celebrates 50th birthday in a big way
NEW YORK — School kids sang "Happy Birthday" and Scholastic unfurled a huge banner worthy of a big red dog from the roof of its headquarters Monday to fete Clifford, the beloved book and TV character, for his 50 years of nudging kids to read.
His creator, 84-year-old Norman Bridwell, took questions from first- and second-graders during a webcast beamed live into more than 5,000 classrooms around the country from the party held outside the downtown building.
And Bridwell's real-life daughter, the all-grown-up Emily Elizabeth, spoke to reporters of her special place in publishing history as the inspiration for the perky blond girl who shares her life -- and 90 books worth of adventures -- with the big-hearted Clifford.
'One Day At a Time' star diagnosed with cancer
LOS ANGELES — The family of actress Bonnie Franklin says the "One Day At a Time" star has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
In a statement released by CBS, the family says Franklin is undergoing treatment and continuing her normal schedule.
The statement released Monday says Franklin and her family "remain extremely positive" and ask that her privacy be respected.
The 68-year-old Franklin starred as single mom Ann Romano in the hit CBS comedy "One Day at a Time," which aired from 1975 to 1984.
Her co-stars included Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.
Franklin's recent credits include appearances on "The Young and the Restless" and "Hot in Cleveland." The actress lives in Los Angeles.
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