Nicole Richie, whose skeletal frame has alternately fascinated and repulsed the public, is getting help to pack on the pounds.
Paris Hilton's ex-friend and co-star of "The Simple Life" admits in a Vanity Fair interview that she's working with doctors to determine the cause of her constant weight loss, which started when she split up with her ex-fiancee Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein in December. They have since reunited.
"I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like,'" she says. "I do know that they will, which is another reason I really do need to do something about it. I'm not happy with the way I look right now."
After failing to gain weight by eating fatty foods like "salty cheese-and-grease kind of stuff" and burritos, she turned to a nutritionist and a psychiatrist. So far, no eating disorder has been diagnosed.
Celebrities, especially female ones, often have eating or weight problems stemming from pressures to conform to the thin Hollywood ideal.
In the past couple of years, Richie's cohorts Mary-Kate Olsen and Lindsay Lohan, both 19, have come out about their weight problems. Olsen spent six weeks in a drug treatment facility in 2004 for an eating disorder, and Lohan says she got back on the weight gaining track after seeing how "disgusting" her skinny arms looked on "Saturday Night Live."
Richie, 24, will pair up again with Hilton for the fourth season of their reality show, which has been picked up by E! "Simple Life 4: Till Death Do Us Part" will keep the celebutantes separated, however, by having each of them take turns playing wife and mother to a family to determine who's best at the job. The brand-new season is slated to air in June.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times