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Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic?

Addressing the elephant in the room.

It’s not something I ever wanted to address; the subject of eating disorders has nothing to do with my website nor what I stand for, which is why I’ve let the rumors go unchallenged for so long. But readers have recently been leaving an even higher number of weight-related comments than usual, now calling me both too thin and too fat. (I’ve even been called pregnant and anorexic in the same post.) As I know girls are using photos of me for “thinspiration” and citing my blog as a reason it’s okay to eat 100 calories a day and starve down to 70 pounds…

I feel addressing it at this point is the right thing to do.

If you’ve ever googled “chocolate covered katie,” you’ve probably seen the search engine’s lovely (I say this facetiously) list of related searches, which includes “chocolate covered katie anorexic” and “chocolate covered katie eating disorder.”

It’s self-perpetuating: curiosity will cause people to click on the terms, and therefore the suggested searches will most likely never disappear.

Although I don’t have an eating disorder and have always eaten well, I fully admit that I did have an unhealthy relationship with exercise that took a toll on both my appearance and mental health.

While I’d thought I was happy during those years and was technically healthy—with normal labwork, few sick days, and a good relationship with food—the over-exercising was sabotaging my efforts to gain the curves I desired. I wouldn’t allow myself to even entertain the possibility my beloved running routine could be partially responsible for my inability to gain weight.

When I finally did make the choice to give up running (that story is linked above), I gained about 10-15 pounds quickly, easily, and happily. Imagine discovering—almost overnight—that you suddenly have the body you’d always wanted!

Looking back, I only wonder why I didn’t realize sooner the extreme exercise was not the healthiest thing for me: it had become a source of stress in my life and was draining me of energy, which was manifest in my appearance.

I am a million and a half times happier now, and it shows!!!

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(Maybe even two million and a half times happier.)

It’s difficult to make guesses about a person’s life simply by looking at a photograph or by judging his or her online persona.

No, my life is not all about food; and yes, I occasionally do indulge in “unhealthy” meals and desserts. I just don’t post about these occasions because it isn’t relevant to the theme of my website.  Hateful things are written on the internet under a cloak of anonymity, and it’s unfortunately women putting down other women all too often, writing words they would never feel comfortable saying in real life.

In my years of blogging, I’ve been called everything from “skeleton” to “fat slug” to “anorexic with a boob job,” and it eventually forced me to realize my self worth needs to come from something other than the opinion of a stranger on the internet. The routineness with which I receive these acrimonious messages has at least given me the ability to shrug them off.

Although… when I saw the “fat slug” comment, I could not stop laughing.

I completely stopped reading the CCK internet rumors and conspiracy theories a long time ago, even if that means letting some false claims about my life go unchallenged. Although I could defend myself against the rumors, doing so would become a full-time job, and I’d rather focus my time elsewhere. The people who know me in real life are easily able to tell the truth, which is all that matters.

However, the one thing I feel I do need to clear up is that anyone who tells you my blog promotes eating disorders is grossly mistaken. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Chocolate Covered Recipes have healthy fats, whole grains, and real-food (non-artificial) ingredients, and you’ll never find me promoting dangerous cleanses, calorie restriction, or touting any one food as a “miracle” cure. I’ve turned down many high-paying offers from companies to promote such things on the blog.

In consideration of the readers with a medical need, lower-calorie and sugar-free options are included in my posts when available. But the recipes are not specifically “diet” choices; just healthier choices, and you can choose the ingredient options that suit your own personal needs.

I go further into detail on this topic in my Chocolate Covered Katie FAQ Page.

Please, the next time you read any kind of gossip online, take a moment to consider the source before believing it as fact. And if you ever come across something written about me that you don’t understand, please always feel free to ask.

I’m one of the most candid and open people you could ever meet, and I don’t get embarrassed easily. If a stranger really wanted to know everything about my life, I’d have no problem leaving in every detail. At the risk of sounding clichéd… all of the stupid mistakes I’ve made in my life have made me who I am today, and I’m not embarrassed about a single one.

Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic

If you want to use me as thinspiration, keep in mind that the thinspiration you are using is a healthy woman who eats a balanced diet heavy in calories, healthy fats, and carbs.

I don’t advocate starving, and it’s completely not necessary to starve yourself to be thin.

Here’s What I Eat In A Day

I’d hope that what people can get out of my blog is the message it’s important to treat your body kindly; to nourish it with real-food ingredients; to truly enjoy the foods you are eating; and to take in enough calories for the strength and energy to live your best life possible.

No crash dieting. No cutting out food groups. No starving. Please take good care of yourselves. ♥

Now, can we put this subject to rest and get back to the food?

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I’m going to hashtag this photo #fatslug Smile with tongue out





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Published on July 14, 2014

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  1. Leslie says

    I normally don’t comment on sites but I feel like I have to. Good for you on standing up for yourself!!! People say things that they should not even be THINKING about someone else! I lost 60 lbs nearly 7 years ago. I’m 5’1″ and was about 170 lbs. I was unhappy with how my clothes fit and was more unhappy that when I ran around with my (then 11 yr old) son to would get so tired and out of breath. I changed for me- I wanted it, and I did it. And I deal with maintaining my weight every day by my own choice! People tell me I got too skinny. That I lost too much. But they told me before the loss that I was plump. Or getting heavy. Or that I better watch how much weight I was gaining. So I guess my point is that no matter what someone is going to have something negative to say! And we all have to stand up for ourselves. And for each other!! I don’t preach to people that I lost weight or tell them what to eat. And I don’t get mad or rude when someone insults my weight loss- I just tell them in happy with how I look. So that’s my story- thanks for letting me share. Kudos to you again for gracefully standing up for yourself.

  2. Mark Damiani says


    Thank you for sharing such a personal story with us.
    Just because you have an amazing book/website does not give anyone the right to pry into your personal life!

    You handled that with amazing grace and self restraint (I would have replied with non appropriate responses). It’s sad how people are often unhappy in their lives that they sit and write awful crap. Have they even read anything that you post or read your cookbook? Anyone who has would know this is absurd.

    Thank you for helping me lose weight. I have such a sweet tooth that diets always failed cause I deprived myself from dessert and then would binge eat. Now I can have my cake and eat it too!

    For those people writing stuff about you… Fudge you.

  3. Betty Steele says

    Katie…I have read your site and I think you are a beautiful well adjusted young woman…I have tried to eat healthier since I was a teenager so I like your healthy recipes..May God bless you…..B E S

  4. Keith says

    It doesn’t look like you’ve been on this page since 2014, but I’m posting anyway: I’ve been checking out your recipes since I went vegan (nearly 10 years ago now), and I’ve always found you particularly, and incredibly, stunning. Also, you’ve great grammar and punctuation, which is **HOT**. (:op Also, I need a recipe for making vegan Cheez Doodles and/or Cheese Nips. I feel like, based on how Daiya cheddar dries in a frying pan (when making grilled cheese for instance), there MUST be some way to do this.

  5. Tracye says

    Katie, I am so sorry you’ve had to go through this! People on the Internet can be awful. It all sounds as unfounded as rumours that Jamie Lee Curtis is intersex and William Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays.

    Thank you for this lovely post. As the sister of an anorexic, I can tell you that our family would LOVE for her to eat the healthy treats you post about. She won’t, because they have calories. Anorexics tend to want to get their calorie counts down as low as possible; they don’t want the healthy, whole foods you use in your recipes. By showing that you can have a healthy lifestyle and a good looks while eating normal amounts of healthful foods, your blog is working AGAINST eating disorders and FOR the health and longevity of our sisters, our brothers, and everyone else.

  6. Jeanette Baigert says

    So can you eat all those goodies you make and still lose weight? Or do you think it’s an individual genetic thing? I stay within my calories but I have trouble with carbs adding weight.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! I know many readers have lost weight using Katie’s recipes in place of eating the higher calorie/higher sugar versions. It’s definitely a personal thing, but if someone simply replaces the traditional versions in their diets with these healthier versions, then no matter who it is, they’ll probably be eating less sugar and calories overall, plus more fiber that helps with feeling full. 🙂

  7. Paul says

    This is the very first time I have seen you on an ad. I know nothing of your blog and really don’t know what a blog is because I’m a 62 yr old man but I did read your comments and what strikes me about you is your beautiful eyes and your unbelievable smile. Your not fat, your not skinny and if your making money than God love you for that because it’s a reality we all must make money to live. Keep doing what makes you happy and if others agree with you then take all that love in and forget the haters because haters hate and mostly they are sad and usually jealous.????

  8. Elise James says

    Katie, Thank you so much for your amazingly helpful recipes and blog. I’m sorry haters are giving you bad vibes. I’m on a diet that many folks with MS are on where we can’t have carbs or sugar. Having wonderful deserts like these makes me feel healthy & joyful again! Thank you!

  9. Caroline TAPIA says

    Hello Katie,
    Seriously, you look perfect!! People are just jealous because you’re pretty, thin and successful. And those nasty comments come from people who are ugly, fat and miserable 😉 Nowadays, most people are too fat anyway. My thirteen-year old son has the same problem in school, most of his friends have a belly (and more) and he is being called skeleton when he is problably the most normal in terms of weight.
    Anyway, keep up the good work, your receipes are fabulous and inspiring!
    It took some guts to be where you are now and you deserve it!
    Thank you!
    Caroline (from France 😉

  10. Stephanie Chou says

    I just wanted to say, thanks for all of your recipes. For someone who medically cannot eat anything with alot of oil, fat, or carbs, it makes baking a real challenge sometimes. And I thank you that there is someone else who creates so many great dishes for me to bake and eat!

  11. Diane says

    Thank you so much for addressing this, Katie! I was concerned about you because of how thin you look in your photos. You have put my fears to rest.

  12. Sal says

    Sorry to hear that this has been an unfortunate side effect of your success. Being a young woman, you often feel like you’re walkingvaround with a bullseye on your forehead famous or not. And that was before the internet. As a parent from a family with various food allergies and non-weight related insulin resistance issues I’m grateful for all the healthy low glycemic load recipes. The ‘what I eat in a day’s post seemed unusual because the calorie count was around 3000 I think and most women can only eat 1600-1800 without gaining weight depending on lifestyle. I doubt a clarification would help w rumors. It did jump out at me for people using the site as part of a weight loss program. Best of luck…ordering the cookbook!

  13. Maria B Rugolo says

    I am appalled to read your post CCK Anorexic? To think how hurtful and hateful people can be just saddens me. You are so dedicated to provide us with a website full of delicious healthy recipes and that’s the thanks you get! Well, not from me. You are a beautiful woman with so much love which is evident on your website. You even created this new beautiful website to make it easier for us!! Keep being you and pray for those whose dark hearts are surely just envious. You think women would be kinder, especially to one another. I’m an old-school, love the Lord and serve Him through loving Him and others as I do myself. Sad to think that’s old-school and not the norm. We can change this world for the better – one person at a time. Thank you for your love Chocolate Covered Katie – you are loved right back!

  14. Kimberly M says

    If you were called a “fat slug” because of that picture, then I want to be a fat slug too. lol. Don’t listen to mean people. Keeping making delicious recipes and know that you have way more fans than people that just want to tear you down. Just remember, Karma.

  15. Petunia says

    Have you considered that your content may be slightly triggering to people who have struggled with an eating disorder? I know you certainly do not mean for it to, though because the food is labeled as healthy and many, if not all, recipes make many modifications to fit with a vegan eating lifestyle, that it can be triggering to those who have hid anorexia in the past with veganism. The healthy eating lifestyle craze can often be a veil for those suffering with an eating disorder, as they claim to simply be “vegan” or “eating healthy”, when in fact they are using food as a way to gain control and it is embodied as a symptom of mental health.

    I am sorry that people have said mean things to you through your blog, that certainly is not excusable. Though I wonder if some people who have questioned this, know the signs of anorexia too well, as they have experienced it themselves. However, they do not know you personally, they would/should not be able to make such an accusation through the internet.

    I simply think that your content may be triggering. Just something to think about. I would love to hear more about your “why” behind the substitutions you make in recipes and the lifestyle you are living. It also might be interesting to have a dietician partner with you on a few recipes, as they would be able to share a more researched based approach to “healthy” recipes, especially to those who may have overcome an eating disorder or obsessive compulsive exercising.

  16. Millie says

    Wow Katie those things people said about you were so mean!
    (But the Fat Slug was a tiny bit funny (Not that I’m laughing at you!) I just think whoever came up with that is VERY creative with their insults) I really hope that someday those people will stop their mean comments. Please keep blogging I ❤❤❤ your recipes and blog post! And the photography is SOOO great! It looks like an pro took them! I don’t think you look anorexic at all you look perfectly healthy and in shape. Your recipes are super yummy! I love them (even though I’ve only tried a few)
    Keep it up!

  17. Teresa says

    Shame on people for voicing negative comments about you or your body. As my dad always said “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I believe you do what you to help others seeking healthier choices in their diets. Keep up the good work you do!

  18. Teresa Sawatzky says

    Hi Katie, I think you are so beautiful, inside and out! Thank you for your wonderful recipes. You are an inspiration. May God bless you always.

  19. VeganGmc says

    Hi Katie,
    I think everyone should think the way you do on untrue gossip and rumors. Nobody deserves to be treated that way. Nobody. Keep staying strong!!!!!!! You’re such a good role model ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ I love your recipes so much 🙂

  20. Michele says

    Clicked on the “anorexic article” because I was curious as to why someone would say that about you. Yes in the photo you are thin, but you look healthy and happy. So glad you ignore the negativity in the comments. We can only pray for those people and hope that someday they will be big enough and brave enough to apologize. Keep up the great work. Love your recipes.

  21. AnotherDessertAddict says

    Hello Chocolate Covered Katie
    You are beautiful.
    Don’t let the mean comments get to you, just keep doing your thing.
    Another dessert addict

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