Pop star Ashlee Simpson is grateful to her parents for preventing her from developing an eating disorder, because they forced her to eat steak.

When she was only 11 years old, the younger sister of singer/actress JESSICA felt the pressure to be thin - but as soon as her parents noticed she was losing weight, they plied her with fattening foods.

The 21-year-old says, "People in the dance world were really concerned about their weight. But as soon as my parents saw me really skinny, they put steak in my mouth!"