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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.

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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. Nicola says

    Great post!! I never saw any of the rumors before (I have your site bookmarked so never have to Google you!). If anyone read even one post of your blog it would be pretty obvious to see that you don’t promote an unhealthy lifestyle!

  2. Rachel says

    I loved this post, Katie. I struggled with the exact same thingas you did and remember being called “chicken legs”, “anorexic”, etc. It really hurt. I was addicted to doing long amounts of exercise and was afraid to quit! Now that I have found a happy balance, I have never felt better! You look amazing and I always have ignored the rumors about you! 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

    xxx Rachel

  3. Christina Madarena says

    I have been following your blog for a while now (as I LOVE the recipes!) and have NEVER ONCE thought you looked anorexic or unhealthy. I think you look great! You have given me recipes for healthier (but still delicious) foods for my family. We began eating whole foods after my son’s teacher basically said she couldn’t handle him anymore (“ADHD”) and we were instructed by his doctor (after saying we weren’t willing to put him on meds) to get rid of all refined sugars. This started us on the path to eating much healthier. Your recipes allow me to make fun, delicious food that my kids LOVE while still eating healthy. Since we’ve changed his diet he has improved DRAMATICALLY.

    Anyway, I got totally off topic. There will always be people out there that are going to say ugly things. I can’t understand how those people think (thankfully), but I just wanted to let you know I LOVE your blog and I think you look wonderful!

  4. Anne Shannon says

    Please know that your recipes have been a life savor to my family as we have a daughter with multiple food sensitivities. We LOVE your deep dish cookie pie. As point of reference to what Katie said, after our family cut out processed foods and began to eat clean, I shed 15 lbs without even trying. It is what you put into your body that matters, not how much. You look amazing, by the way!!

  5. JULIA says

    Katie, you are beautiful and your recipes are amazing. You are an inspiration and those stupid comments are from people who are just jealous of you, your looks, your ideas, your talent, your creativity, your humour, your business, your fame, your life.
    I can’t wait for your book to come out.
    Love from the UK. xxx

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says

    You’re so gorgeous and kudos to you for addressing a difficult topic. And hey, don’t let the haters get ya down… love you or judge you, they’re still talking about you, so you’re doing something right for sure! 🙂

  7. Danielle says


    I’m so sorry you have to deal with people judging you, the nutritional composition of your recipes, and your physical appearance. You are beautiful, inside and out, and have helped people like me improve my eating habits without feeling as though I am missing out. Some people will always try to find a way to bring others down, but I am proud of you for speaking out, you don’t deserve the negativity. Your recipes are delicious and brilliant, keep up the incredible work!

  8. emily says

    I have never heard those rumors and am floored! People are disgusting when they try to put down others because they are so unhappy with themselves. I use you not for thinspiration, but for health-spiration. Thanks for showing me ways to be healthy and indulgent! You’be definitely made a huge, positive impact in this reader’s life!

  9. Deb says

    As a long time lurker of your blog (and big fan of your recipes. Many delicious options on your site!!!I feel like I need to commend you for your honesty and boldness in writing this post. People can be so mean behind the keyboard and I am so sorry that you have had to deal with this. Great job on addressing the issue and being honest! Very impressive. Keep up the good work!

  10. Jo says

    this is honestly so inspiring. i love this post so much i keep rereading it.

    i can’t believe how common body shaming is now. a lot of people don’t realize that calling somebody “too skinny”, “anorexic” etc. is not a compliment. it is as offensive as calling somebody “too fat” or “obese”.

    personally, i constantly get attacked on social media with “go eat a burger” and “you’re too skinny” comments. it’s funny because it doesn’t affect how i feel about myself at all considering i know my body and mind and know that i am perfectly healthy and happy. i just find it disgusting how people think it’s okay to make those type of comments. i don’t even fight against them, like you said i’d rather focus my time elsewhere and delete/block as soon as i receive one. i do not want my followers or anybody browsing through my websites to think that these comments are acceptable.

    thank you again for this post, you are a lovely human being inside and out.

  11. Rachael says

    Coming from a girl who has beaten anorexia, I wish there were more bloggers like you. I like to keep things balanced these days and that includes dessert. Veganism has seen me through recovery and continues to keep me healthy and happy!
    Fuck thinspiration! You are my foodie-inspiration!

  12. Maxin says

    I usually don’t comment, but I just have to share: this post made me think of that song, “piece of me” so now I’m going to be busting some moves to that and singing badly and reminding myself that anonymous internet haters are full of you-know-what.

  13. MamaK says

    Long time reader here. I had no idea of these rumors! From what I can tell, you are a beautiful young woman with good genetics and a healthy lifestyle working in her favor. And I, a busy mom of 3 who strives to eat delicious and nourishing foods, love your recipes and lovely photos. I usually go for the full-fat versions of your recipes too. Just because it fits my lifestyle. Love and Peace to you!

  14. Nicole says

    Hi Katie! I’ve been following your posts for over a year now, and I have never commented until now. I feel so connected to your story that I had to this time. I had the same experience with over exercising and trying to get the perfect body (I did have an eating disorder), and when I learned how to give up my extreme routines, the weight was gained and I felt great! Just like you said, it’s such a relief to not have running on the brain!! (There seem to be so many more hours in the day once you stop worrying!) I’m so happy to hear about your transition to loving your body, and I want to thank you for giving me so many recipes to share at family gatherings 🙂 (As a vegan, it’s great to be armed with delicious desserts to share with people!) I’m so sorry people have said such rude things to you, but it really is nothing to concern yourself with, you really are a beautiful person, and anyone who calls you a slug (?!) is just plain rude. (Or may have a very serious problem with their vision). In all seriousness, thanks for sharing this story with us, and looking forward to future recipes 🙂

  15. Shannon says

    I’m so sorry that people have said such awful things. I absolutely love your blog! I love all of the recipes!! I love that you have low sugar options, because like you, I don’t care about cutting calories, but I do care about eating less sugar!! It is so fun to come here and find healthy versions of such fun things! I love combining different recipes of yours – they have become staples in my diet! The Eggy Breakfast Bread goes with everything, and the healthier cream cheese frosting is light and refreshing and tastes good on everything – all of your recipes, even toast!! 😀 Thank you for doing what you do! Keep on being you, and when the haters hate, just roll your eyes!

    • K says

      Yes! People have asked why I am trying to lose weight and accused me of an eating disorder when I want to just lower the sugar to be healthy. Messed up.

  16. Elizabeth says

    You are beautiful! Thought never crossed my mind, nor did I ever hear about it. I just loved your recipes, of which I use often used and shared with everyone. It has to be hard having a public life (unfortunately the *hate* comes with the territory). You can’t control what anyone else thinks or does. You only have control over yourself and how you choose to react to it and you did it wonderfully. You are setting yourself up as a great role model for others.

  17. Ale says

    Katie I love your blog and I’m so happy there’s people like you in the web, taking the time to do good, healthy and yummy recipes. Just one thing, please, please, please make more easy recipes! I live in South America and some ingredients are almost impossible to find (for example, that special gum). Your blog has been so inspiring … having food allergies, I find in CCK ideas to expand my options, not the other way around. Keep up the good work!

  18. Emmaj says

    I had no idea people were saying such negative things. The internet is a place where some people think it’s ok to be hurtful since they can be anonymous …. I love your website and I’ve enjoyed every recipe I’ve tried. Keep up the great work!

  19. Teresa johnson says

    I love your recipes and have tried lots of them! There will always be haters in this world. Believe in yourself and keep on doing what you are doing . You are an Amazing person!

  20. Jennifer says

    What a wonderful and honest blog post. I’m sorry you’ve encountered such harsh criticism but it sounds like you have found a way to rise above the negativity! I love your blog and all of the options you offer in your recipes! Keep up the great work!

  21. trajayjay says

    Keep in mind that anybody who makes their ideas available to others opens him/herself up to criticisms. As commenters on the internet, we’ve all made ourselves vulnerable to criticisms.

    IMO Katie, it never crossed my mind to associate you with an eating disorder. I might sound like a sycophant, but in your recent posts, I think you’ve filled out quite nicely, but even before then, I never thought you were anorexic.

  22. Paige says

    This is so eloquently and beautifully written. I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and always felt so sad when I would read comments from people saying such hurtful and unfair things. You are an inspiration and role model to many people and this post just further confirms that. Thank you, Katie!! For all the negative people who comment, there are literally thousands who love and support you ☺️

  23. Becca says

    Katie, I really enjoyed this blog post. I love your site with creative and delicious recipes from REAL food. This site has helped me so much as I’ve been overcoming my sugar addiction and determination to get to a healthy weight for my body. Thanks for all you do, and keep it up!

  24. Karen says

    Katie, you are so lovely! I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and love it so much! You are doing a wonderful job promoting healthy eating and sharing your amazing wisdom of recipes with us. Ignore the hate– you are gorgeous!! You know the saying “you can’t please all the people all the time,” but know that you make your readers very happy every day with your joy, enthusiasm, and optimism. Keep it up lovely!! Xo

  25. Shawna says

    wow — what an inspiring, brave post to write. kudos to you for approaching this head-on and presenting it so well, and bravo for admitting your exercise addiction and how this has affected you, too. people can be so cruel, and you have clearly been able to rise above that and draw from your own inner strength and sense of self. i always liked your blog; i like it even more, today.

  26. Sabrina says

    I don’t comment normally, but I wanted to say “thank you”. Thanks for being real, honest, strong, and beautiful. You are an inspiration to me and probably a lot of other women, too.

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