Kate Hudson, the Oscar-nominated actress, ordered her UK-based lawyers to take legal action against five publications that printed photographs of her that she says falsely implies she has an eating disorder.

Hudson, last seen onscreen in the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key, is peeved over pictures and accompanying text that she claims has the potential to harm her career because filmmakers may not want to hire someone perceived as having a health problem.

"[The reports] suggested that she had an eating disorder that was so grave and serious that she was wasting away, to the extreme concern of her mother and family," her lawyers at the London law firm of Schillings said in a statement.

"Hudson will argue in the courts that the images in question gave a seriously false and misleading impression as to her true physical condition, in that she was portrayed as being dangerously thin with an eating disorder," the statement said.