Tracey Gold speaks about 'Starving Secrets'
December 2nd, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Tracey Gold speaks about 'Starving Secrets'

Former “Growing Pains” star Tracey Gold is hosting a Lifetime series about anorexia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gold, who suffered from an eating disorder herself, will work with women battling anorexia on the reality show.

The actress wants to use the series as a platform to raise awareness. "My goal is to shed light on what an eating disorder looks like," Gold said.

During each hour-long episode, she’ll share her story with the women as they get treatment from specialists.

Though the subjects will be gaining fame for publicizing their struggles on a reality show, Gold says the show’s intent is reduce the appeal of anorexia. "We get in there with real women to show that it's not a glamorous thing,” she explains. “It's an isolating, lonely, hard, raw disease. It's not skinny women on a red carpet; it's an all-consuming thing in life where everything is falling down around you."

“Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold” premieres Friday at 10 p.m.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. tcp

    She is beautiful!

    December 5, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. madhater

    trolly Mctroll! She could use a beef stick in her butt hole.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Good for Tracey. If what she is trying to do helps others, then it's always a good thing.

    December 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trolly mctroll

    She sure is ugly and unattractive. And a fatty. She needs to take off a few pounds dont you think?

    December 4, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Apparently she hasn't starved enough, she keeps talking......We've heard it over and over from her. Is she behind in her house payments? Hate it when ex-stars bring up the same stuff every few years. Done that..Heard it...Nothing New...Move along.

    December 4, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • M

      The posters on here obviously have no comprehension of what a battle against Anorexia or Bulemia is like. It doesn't get cured, it's an ongoing struggle that periodically controls everything around the person't life. There are websites devoted to helping people fall over the "cliff" of anorexia, so to speak; it is a terrible disorder to deal with! Those of you who have never fought it are fortunate; the ones who live with this disorder live in tremendous misery. Shame on your for being so hateful and rude. Tracey's DUI was probably a result of her drinking because she was trying to self-mmedicate to stop the pain of the demons of Anorexia.

      December 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      Mental diseases like anorexia, alcoholism, self-injury are life-long battles. You can make it into recovery, but you're never cured.

      If you've had such little experience with these diseases that you can't recognize that, I'm jealous of you. Otherwise, I'm ashamed of you.

      December 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Apparently ahe hasn't starved enough, she keeps talking......

    December 4, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Truth

    Screw her eating disorders, what exactly is going on with her teeth? Does she brush her teeth with butter?

    December 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Toltec

    Anorexia Nervosa is a personality disorder. Those suffering from the disorder are extreme Narcissists who care only about themselves and they crave attention. Anorexics become enraged when they feel abandoned (real or imagined) and they start self destructing. These anorexics need counseling and told they are not the center of the world and they must take responsibility for their own behavior and stop blaming everyone for all the "ills" they suffer.

    December 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Yeah right!

      December 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      And your esteemed PhD came from what eminent University? Thought not........

      December 4, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Now I understand why I was a nurse in the NICU, took care of 45 foster children , and head an NPO for children in Haiti. It's because I get so much attention for it, NOT! I have never thought i was the center of the universe or craved attention; in fact I'm very shy. Wow, the sheer stupidity of your comment makes me so frustrated.......

      December 4, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. lojenk

    December 3, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Well, looks like lojenk enjoys life based on the image of her YouTube image. Punch in Terry Sanbek; susan hayden sherlock into Google search and my web site story of anorexia nervosa shows up at the top.

      And the other female comments posted on this CNN comments page have it all wrong. There was a time when people developed this debilitating disorder when the term wasn't a household word-like me.

      Since the highly publicized death of Karen Carpenter back in 1983, I have to wonder why females continue to acquire this disorder???? I think it is mostly because of the attention and the sympathy females get-–males don't get that same attention and sympathy as the Tracy Gold's of this world.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ColdBev

    Any eating disorder is no fun...I know I eat.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      What, exactly, is that absolutely dumb statement supposed to mean? Everyone doesn't spend $1000 to get their teeth whitened so it makes them even more likely to have cavities. Honestly, can't anyone just look normal anymore? Ridiculous!

      December 4, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Somehow my post to Truth got published under ColdBev. Sorry.

      December 4, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. frank nordby

    If Tracy Gold really understood anorexia nervosa she would know that it afflicts males too.

    I don't think Tracy Gold has any clue what it must be like being a male and having this condition for so many years and not being able to get help because of the stigma of being a male with this condition.

    She is just another female who thinks that females are the only ones who develop anorexia. I developed it before most females had even heard of the term and was working in a grocery store at the time....maybe Tracy should take the focus off of herself....

    December 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • stump

      bitter much?

      December 3, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Susie Q

      ...don't be so's simple statistics that this disease afflicts females 10-fold more than males.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • scruffy

      i don't think most females think it is just a "female" disease. i think the issue is more that males tend to keep quiet about having an eating disorder...because it isn't looked upon as "manly".

      quite frankly, i think more men need to speak up...but you rarely hear a male in the spotlight tell a tale of an eating disorder and his struggles. i think if somebody would take those bold first steps...and really detail his would knock down the barrier and less people would be ashamed.

      i've struggled with bulimia. i know a guy who was bulimic for 19 years and now struggles with anorexia. he blogs about it. he's trying to make people aware that it's a disorder that affects anyone. i've been open to some people about it. most don't get it - guys or girls. most will never get it ... and lucky them.

      hopefully, sir, you are recovering or on your way to recovery. wish you the best.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      You are another person with (or without) this tragically difficult eating disorder who has decided it's all the fault of others, no-one cares for you, no-one is "fixing" my problem, no-one cares about me, etc. I have dealt with anorexia-bulemia for many years, and at least I've gotten to the point I understand that it's not someone else's fault or their problem to fix. It's mine and healing starts with understanding that. You can't blame Tracey, and you can't blame women in general.

      December 4, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaimee

      I agree with you and also I think it's disgusting that she is still trying to profit from a disorder she had almost 20 years ago. She's been in recovery for many many years. You know she drove drunk with her kids in the car and nearly killed them? When she was on Oprah she showed absolutely no remorse for her actions and made lame excuses. She's the LAST person I would ever take advice from! I do not liek this woman she is a liar and a hypocrite.

      December 4, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Evel Knievel

    She looks like she finally took off the feedbag for awhile.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nate

    She s hould be eatin some fudge. The kind with peanuts.

    December 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |

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