Karen Carpenter Anorexia Beautiful voice, and lead singer of The Carpenters. I remember when the news of Karen's death from anorexia shocked the world. It wasn't long before we learned that it was the physical effects of anorexia nervosa that ultimately took her life.
A tragic reminder about just how deadly this disease can be.
I recently purchased a 2010 Karen Carpenter biography by Randy Schmidt called, Little Girl Blue. It's probably the best biography I've ever read about Karen Carpenter anorexia, and it definitely brought back memories.
When I first learned about Karen's eating disorder, I was about 12 years old, and I'm not sure that I fully understood what it was about. It's feels so ironic to say that, since my own battle with anorexia was already well under way.
Some people haved asked me if her illness had any influence on me. I can honestly that it didn't.
First of all, I didn't find out about Karen's battle until I was already into mine.
Secondly, the internet was non-existent back then, so information about her peronsal life was quite guarded, and a little harder to come by - at least for a 12-year-old with little-or-no resources.
Karen Carpenter has been my favorite female singer ever since I can remember.
As a kid I would roller-skate to The Carpenters music - "Please Mr. Postman" and "Top Of The World" - and I'd sing along in the car whenever their music came on the radio. It was life imitating art --
"When I was young I'd listen to the radio, waitin' for my favorite songs. When they played I'd sing along, it made me smile..." - From the song, "Yesterday Once More" by The Carpenters
Thanks to the cruelty of anorexia, we lost a fabulous musician and all-around wonderful human being way before her time. Her life had "Only Just Begun".
In honor of my all-time favorite singer, and because I can completely empathize with her struggle with anorexia, I'm dedicating a section of this website in her memory.
This is my version of a Karen Carpenter Bio :)
As a biography of The Carpenters music career, the movie follows Karen from early childhood right through to her tragic death. It also points out some of the warning signs of anorexia that went un-noticed.
Karen Carpenter's anorexia wasn't fully acknowleged by her family at all. At least it didn't appear that way.
They admitted that she had a "weight problem", but from what I've learned, it didn't seem as if they believed in any of the causes of anorexia nervosa - or that it could actually kill her.
Eventually Karen went into treatment for anorexia with psychotherapist Steven Levenkron.
He recognized her anorexia nervosa symptoms instantly and at one point, ordered her hospitalized.
Anorexia effects on Karen's friends and family will last forever.
The death of Karen Carpenter was such a tragedy. Karen Carpenter songs are one-of-a-kind collectors items, and thankfully still available for everyone to enjoy. Her smooth, velvet voice is like no other and will never be forgotten.
And we will never forget how Karen Carpenter anorexia changed the world's perception and awareness about the serious consequences of eating disorders.
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