Alexa Chung: 'I Don't Have an Eating Disorder'

10/07/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

Courtesy ELLE

British presenter and model Alexa Chung, with her unique shabby-chic style and quirky sense of humor, is often seen gracing the front row at fashion shows (she’s currently doing the rounds in Paris), and even has a Mulberry bag named after her. But constantly having to read speculation on her weight and whether she is suffering from an eating disorder has finally taken its toll on the fashionista. Upset and angry about the ever-present rumors, she’s decided to speak out on the subject. “I cannot express how frustrating it is to not be believed when you say, ‘I don’t have an eating disorder,’” she states in the November edition of British Elle. “I am naturally very thin. I get even thinner when I’m stressed. And you cannot imagine how stressed I was last year,” she says in the candid interview. Referring to her U.S. television debut on MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung, which was later canned, the petite Brit adds: “Anyone could see that I wasn’t doing great and I wasn’t coping.” It was after the show finished last year, that the eating disorder rumors spread on the Internet to such a degree that the 26-year-old was forced to issue a denial statement. And yet still, her slight frame continues to garner unwanted attention. “It angers me because I don’t want to be a pin-up for young girls just for being thin,” she says in the feature, which sees her as the cover girl, channeling her favorite 1960’s style icons (Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie amongst others). “I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed to being dressed well, and I don’t want the two to get confused.” Check out the video below to go behind the scenes of Alexa’s shoot, or pick up the current issue of British Elle, on newsstands now. –Monique Jessen

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NW Mamma on

She states she is naturally thin, this could be true. Growing up being called “stick girl” I can understand what she is saying, I was always way thinner than everyone else at my age. You loose weight quickly and it is sooooooooo hard to gain weight as well. Once I turned 40 the weight finally came to me, it will catch up to her as well. Leave her alone and if she denies not having a eating disorder then, I for one beleive her.

Head Diva In Charge on

At this point, any thin actress is rumored to have an “eating disorder”. She actually looks naturally thin. Now if I were that thin I would have to be in a coffin, but hey, I have only Italian genes to thank.

E.Chan on

If you all didn’t realize, she’s part Chinese and I know a lot of Chinese are genetically thin despite what they eat. Most people like to tear people up because they’re jealous they aren’t as thin as said person. Others just like to make fun of people for their own enjoyment. For some people it’s easy to get fat without even trying and for some people it’s hard to pick up weight. The problem is some people just like tearing down other people for their success or failures because they rather do that than be self critical.

Everyone is different and by societal standards thin is ideal. I’m not saying its right or wrong. Thomas Jefferson got it wrong when he said “all men are created equal” because we’re not (although in a governmental sense its what ideally you would think). Some people are born tall, short, fat, thin, white, black, healthy, unhealthy, alive or dead etc. Live your life the way you want and be happy with who you are because if you’re reading this you’re lucky to be alive.

Donna on

One thing that makes me not believe her–if you look at photos of Alexa from a few years ago (before she became really well known on MTV) she was MUCH healthier looking. At least twice the size she is now. Yes, she says she lost weight from being stressed, but the difference is really drastic which suggests she doesn’t have very healthy eating habits.


Molly, you are so FULL of it. Being morbidly obese is just as dangerous as being very thin. And being 30 pounds over weight is MORE dangerous than being 10-15 pounds underweight. DENIAL ‘AINT JUST A RIVER. Wake up.

Hillary :) on

I can relate- I am very thin with a large chest, and I don’t have an eating disorder-alllll natural. Just because someone is thin doesn’t automatically mean he or she has an eating disorder, so who are we to judge? Seriously. :)

TB on

Marcy you said exactly what I feel! I was soooo skinny when I was a teenager and I am tall so I was teased all the time and this was the 80’s when thin wasn’t “in”. I cried daily and tried everything to gain weight–I’m now 40 and had a few kids-thin but normal thin size 8 @ 5’10”–I always would say to people that making fun of someone thin is as bad as making fun of someone fat! I never judge anybody regarding weight–everyones metabolism is different!

tee on

so being thin is an eating disorder and dangerous but being a size 14 isn’t?
Being too thin and being too fat are both eating disorders and both dangerous to your health.

Cameron on

Not sure what all of the fuss is about? She is not too thin, nor too skinny. She looks great. She does not look like a “bobble head” either. I am 30 yrs old, 5’3″, and 86lbs.. I do not have an eating disorder either; and get tired of people making comments about my size. Everyone is built different. We eat, a lot. So mind your own business.

Denna R on

I love Alexa and her talk show! I am 5’9 and 135 lbs. I look thin and people don’t believe me when I say so. I don’t look skin ‘n’ bones thin, but fit thin. From what I see Alexa looks fine and fit thin like me and if she feels she needs to put on weight that should be her decision.

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