Admitting to battling bulimia between the ages of 18 and 25, Couric (now 55) says that she fought the disease all throughout her university years and for the first two years of starting her TV career at ABC News in DC.
Couric admitted on the TV special, “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.”
Over the years she was able to fight the disease and eventually overcome it with the help of a therapist and her own willpower after researching extensively the disease and its long-term effects on her body. Now she is actively speaking out to help those also suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, something that is believed to be affecting roughly 8 million people throughout the US today (especially those in their late teens and early 20s).