Eating Disorder Not To Blame For Actress Britney Murphy’s Death

It is possible for an uber-skinny actress to die at a very young age and not have it related to an eating disorder. And apparently, in Britney Murphy’s case, this is true. At least, according to early reports.

Without quite the drama of Michael Jackson’s autopsy, her cause of death will be investigated for some time – particularly her intake of prescribed medicines. TMZ reported an assortment of around ten drugs, but it will take four to six weeks more for the toxicology tests to reveal the exact cause of the death.

So why do we want to jump in so quickly to point the finger at an eating disorder? I think because those of us who work in the education about eating disorders want to remind everybody else that people do die from anorexia and bulimia. We think if a celebrity dies, it will make that many more people less likely to worship at the celebrity body idol.

If you’re a survivor of an eating disorder, like I am, I think we use stories like this to remind ourselves why we can’t ever go back. The potential consequences are just too risky.

What’s interesting is that just weeks prior to her death, according to the Huffington Post, she suggested that her weight was too low. “I am a bit thinner now than what I would like to be,” Murphy, 32, admitted to Fox News’ Pop Tarts at an event December 3.

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017
Company Information

© 2017 All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.