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Melanie Chisholm revealed she's lucky to be alive after restricting her diet during the early years of her career in the music industry.

The Spice Girl made the admission when she appeared on the TV series In Conversation With, telling comedian John Bishop how she suffered from depression and disordered eating while in the girl band.

Known for her athletic figure and sporty style, Mel kept her struggles out of the spot light.  

"I started to restrict my food to a point where I was just like – God only knows how I survived – but I think for maybe a couple of years, maybe it couldn't have been that long – but I was just eating fruit and vegetables," she said.

"That was it. And with that workload."

The 43-year-old previously spoke about her obsession with being the “perfect” pop-star, telling The Telegraph she thought she needed to look a certain way in order to be worthy of her success.

"I thought I had to be a certain way to be deserving of everything that was happening to me… to be a pop-star I had to be perfect, and that was my way of trying to achieve perfection.”

“I was exercising obsessively and all of my time with the Spice Girls I think I was probably living on adrenaline.

John Bishop: In Conversation with Melanie C airs on Thursday October 12 on W.


Former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, has opened up about her battle with an eating disorder, admitting the pressure of being in a girl band only added fuel to the fire.

The 39-year-old spoke candidly about her struggle with bulimia in a revealing interview with Cosmopolitan, saying: “It stole all of my happiness, confidence and memories.”

The X Factor judge told the magazine that she was just 14-years-old when her issues around food and body-image first emerged.


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“I was always very critical of myself from a young age, and when I was 14, I started running,” she said.

“I would go outside in the middle of the night and run, because I thought I had to be thinner and that my thighs should look a certain way.”

Things only got worse for Nicole when her career in the entertainment industry began to take off.

“When I got The Pussycat Dolls, it really amplified that because it had so much to do with showing your body off.”

Nicole first poke about her struggle with bulimia back in 2014, and though she has fully recovered, she admits she was ashamed of her past.

“I have a lot of fans and I never wanted to come out about it, because I was ashamed. But once I finally did come out about it, I realised how many people it had helped.”

But, just like everyone else, she has her goood and bad day. Speaking about her X Factor co-star, Nicole joked: “Mrs O and I were joking the other day that sometimes we wake up in a puddle of cookies and crisps! But what really helps me is working out. Even if it’s not for very long, (I love) to get a sweat on to keep me focused and positive.”

The singer finished off by encouraging women to not be so hard on themselves and to make an effort to embrace their figures. 

Hear, hear, Scherzy!


At first glance, 20-year-old Alexis Ren seems to live a charmed life, sharing filtered snaps of tropical locations and amazing experiences with her 9 million Instagram followers.

The stunning model shares hundreds of bikini snaps on her page, showcasing her enviable good looks, but the LA native admits that it's not always as it seems. 

The Instagram super star has previously opened up about her body confidence issues, and admitted that despite being called perfect by her followers in every comment section, the model has struggled with a punishing regimen. 


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Now, the Insta model has revealed to Cosmo that working in the cut-throat modelling industry left her with major body confidence issues. 

While working in Australia, the model gained a bit of weight without noticing, but her agency certainly did. 

'They were like, 'You did gain weight and if you could start working out a little bit more…'" she told Cosmo. '

'I just felt so out of control.'


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'I was my worst critic ever,' she said. 'The only sense of relief I had was to be able to monitor my eating and my workouts.'

The star previously admitted via Twitter that she struggled with disordered eating. 

Taking to the social media site, Alexis said that she has previously pushed herself to the point of malnourishment through her work, and that this unhealthy state is apparent in her older posts.

She also stated that she previously struggled with a 'toxic state of mind' when it came to food and fitness. 

She felt that people only liked her for her body, and felt forced to push herself to maintain it. 

Alexis also revealed that she felt some guilt about her negative state of mind. 

'I would look at my profile and be like, "Look at this girl! She has, like, the most perfect life!' and I would feel so guilty for not feeling blessed all the time,' she told Cosmo.


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Thankfully, Alexis is moving past her disordered thoughts about her body, and told her Twitter followers that she no longer uses food and exercise to punish herself. 

Kudos to Alexis for pulling back the perfectly-filtered veil on her Instagram life to reveal the real struggles behind it. 



A small UK-based stationary company has come under fire recently following the release of it's 'diet friendly' food diaries.

The planners, designed and produced by Fox & Moon, are branded with a variety of insensitive slogans that many people believe could encourage eating disorders. 


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Plus sized fashion blogger, Lottie L'Amour, described the journals as ''unacceptable.'' 

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Speaking to BuzzFeed News, the Londoner explained: "Fox & Moon are currently making a profit from bullying women into thinking that they need to be thin to succeed, be beautiful, and be desirable." 

''I don't think [Fox & Moon] realises that words like this can trigger damaging eating habits that can lead to serious health problems and death in some cases.''

Also speaking to BuzzFeed News, Bethany Rutter, social editor for Navabi, said the journals are ''reinforcing and reaffirming a way of living your life that links your self-worth to your weight and are completely regressive.''

She continued, "I hate that it's someone's job to condense the weight loss industry and cultural fatphobia into twee sentences to stick on the cover of a notebook and monetise the hatred that women (yes, specifically women) feel for their bodies."

However, not everyone feels the same way. 

Some fans of the products have been defending the company's owner. 

So, what do you think? – It this a case of 'fitspo' gone too far or are people being too sensitive?

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Bella Hadid is reaping the benefits of her top notch modelling career, after storming the catwalk at the Victoria's Secret fashion show and being named the third most popular model of the year, just behind big sister Gigi and best friend Kendall.

However, the model has faced some criticism for her seriously slim figure, and the 20-year-old is now getting skinny shamed on a new Instagram photo.

Thousands of commentators have flocked to the photo to bash the model's body. 


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The star is being accused of "glamorising anorexia" in a black and white photo, in which her thin thighs and prominent ribs are clearly visible.

"Your ribs. Eat. Dangerous role model for young girls looking at you as an idol," said one.

"Is she anorexic? Stop glamorising eating disorders!" said another. 


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However, other fans are rushing to the models defence and blaming her weight loss on her struggle with Lyme disease.

"There is no need to be disrespectful. In the case you didn't know ( however unlikely that may be) she has Lyme disease so her weight fluctuates. Your comments are not only disrespectful to her and others suffering from Lyme disease but to people suffering from anorexia as well," said one.

Lyme disease does cause both weight loss and weight gain in sufferers as it effects the metabolism, so it is very possible that Bella's slim figure is a result of her illness, rather than an eating disorder. 


Holly Willoughby has an enviably hourglass yet slim figure, and the TV host swears that sticking to a healthy lifestyle is the key. 

The This Morning host showed how much she cares for her viewers and fans by actively turning down the opportunity to discuss her diet and exercise routine. 

"I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime because I have interviewed so many people affected by eating disorders and I know some people in chat rooms can really fixate on other people's diets," she told Prima. 

"I just can't contribute to that."

The mum-of-three said that she likes to focus on "the bigger picture," and makes her health a priority over how she looks. 

"I'm healthy; I love food it's a celebration, something to be talked over, shopped for, cooked and enjoyed," she said.

The host may have learned a thing or two after best friend Fearn Cotton's eye opening documentary The Truth About Online Anorexia, where the DJ was horrified to discover that her pictures were being used as "thinspiration" by young girls. 


Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has opened up about her struggle with anorexia in a powerful new Instagram video.

In the post, the actress – who plays Spencer Hastings in the hit TV series – explained how her eating disorder affected her ability to interact with others and to care for herself.

The 31-year-old star said: “With anorexia, a lot of it is about presenting a front of ‘everything is OK’ as you’re slowly killing yourself.”


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“Gone were the days where I was just a happy, carefree kid who was running around,” she continued.  “Suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself.”

When asked why mental health issues are worth addressing in the run-up to the US presidential election, Troian replied: “I just want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunity for treatment that I have.”

“I think that we have to make sure that our government invests in those programmes.  What matters is that we continue to make our voices heard in this great democracy.”

The award-winning star finished by encouraging people to vote.

Her post’s caption reveals that she will be supporting Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.

Troian first spoke publicly about her own mental health issues in 2014 when she revealed she had battled an eating disorder and self-harming tendencies while at school.



Having spoken openly about his issues with anxiety, Zayn Malik has now revealed he suffered from an eating disorder while he was part of One Direction.

In his new self-titled autobiography, the singer admitted to not eating for days at a time in a possible bid to feel some sense of control over his life.

As reported by The Sun, the 23-year-old wrote: “When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was.”


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“Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.”

“It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that,” he continued.  “I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all.  It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was.”

“I think it was about control,” confessed Zayn.  “I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.”


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“I had lost so much weight I had become ill.  The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”

Despite his book’s claims, on Friday Zayn told The Associated Press that he was never officially diagnosed with an eating disorder.

He also suggested that he now has a better relationship with food, saying he is “a bit older and a bit more wiser (sic)”.


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Vlogger Eugenia Cooney has been forced to defend herself against a petition which demanded she be banned from YouTube for encouraging anorexia.

Despite never admitting to having an eating disorder, the 22-year-old New Yorker has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for her strikingly low weight as thousands of her followers believe her tiny frame could drive fans to towards extreme weight loss tactics.

In a recent post – which is entitled “I’m Sorry” – the self-proclaimed “emo” addressed the claims by insisting she has “never tried to influence anyone badly” and has “never encourage[d] people to try look like [her]”.

A number of petitions on Change.org ask for the popular blogger – who has almost one million followers – to be temporarily removed from YouTube until she gets help for her alleged condition. 

One such proposal received almost 20,000 signatures before it was removed on Friday.

The petition read: “Eugenia Cooney has a serious medical condition and needs to seek help.  She has been influencing her viewers by her serious underweight condition.”


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“She has not been getting better since the day she started YouTube, she’s getting more and more sick each day.  And it’s honestly like she does this bodily harm to herself and shows young girls, such as her viewers on social media that it is ‘okay’, to be suffering from a medical condition such as Anorexia-Nervosa (sic).”

“She has not got any treatment.  And is triggering her fan base,” the post alleged.  “She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50 percent of her body in her videos and pictures is not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder.”


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Eugenia has been the focus of a number of hateful YouTube videos which encourage people to dislike her videos and suggest she is “slowly killing herself”.


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Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson is well known for her fiery personality, so it's little wonder one of her followers received a pretty frank message this week when they openly accused her of having an eating disorder.

On Monday the reality star posted a pretty standard picture of herself playing croquet on Instagram and it wasn't long before a troll came along to body-shame her. 

The comment to which Lucy bluntly responded said: “Why is everyone pretending that this is ok? This girl obviously has an eating disorder. She's not "naturally skinny" because we've all watched her for years and she never looked like this. This is validating and publicizing an illness.”



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Clearly not in the mood to let that one slide the 25-year-old vegan wrote: “Who are YOU to say I have an eating disorder? Do you think it's okay to publicly declare that someone else has an eating problem like its the ONLY possible way for me to be slim? Not that I maybe work out and eat a vegan diet.”

“But that because I am slim I MUST have an eating disorder. Do you really think that it is okay to try and make people think that? What lifestyle are you validating?”

“Just because you've watched me on tv, does NOT mean you know the ins and outs of my life.”



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The MIC cast member’s fans were quick applaud her message and display of self-defence, with one user writing: “Being slim is not a synonym for having an eating disorder, and the two ought not to be automatically associated with one another. The latter term is being thrown around too loosely these days, it is a serious illness that requires diagnosis.”

While another said: “You are one of the most beautiful ladies I've seen, please ignore all the haters, women should aim to always empower each other, it's the greatest gift we have.”

This isn’t the first time the reality star has had to defend herself from bodyshamers.  Back in June Lucy ended up in a Twitter spat with Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson after Marnie wrote in her Star magazine column “Lucy Watson looks like a skeleton”.




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Fair play to Lucy for standing up for herself.  No one deserves to be publicly criticised for their size.


While we all know scrolling through Facebook for hours on end isn’t exactly good for you, there is nothing like a good study to highlight just how bad for your health that very pastime can actually be.

A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has shown that social media is not only a massive waste of time and energy, it also makes you feel bad about your career, financial situation and free time.

According to Forbes, the results suggest that people who spend more than an hour a day on social media are more likely to be depressed than those who don’t.

The report states that “exposure to highly idealized representations of peers on social media elicits feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier, more successful lives” which is actually totally understandable when we spend so much time reading “#goals” under people’s perfectly filtered holiday pics.

Additionally, the lead author of the study explained that time spent online can have a negative impact on an individual’s sense of body image and can also increase the likelihood that they could develop an eating disorder.

Jaime Sidani said: “We’ve long known that exposure to traditional forms of media, such as fashion magazines, is associated with the development of disordered eating and body-image concerns.”

“Social media combines many of the visual aspects of traditional media with the opportunity for social media users to interact and propagate stereotypes that can lead to eating and body image concerns.”


If there was ever a study to promote digital detoxing, we think this is it.



Singer Demi Lovato has opened up about her past struggles with alcohol, drugs and body image in a new revealing interview with US in-flight magazine American Way.

The Cool for the Summer performer – who first checked into rehab when she was just 18-years-old – told the mag she thought she'd be dead before ever reaching her 21st birthday.

The star said:  "I lived fast and I was going to die young." 

"I didn't think I would make it to 21." 

Demi was admitted to rehab for three months in 2010 after she punched a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers.

Speaking of the experience she told American Way: "I thought, 'Oh great, now the world thinks I'm just another stereotype.'"

"I thought, 'I'm not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem.'"

"But once I started eating again, the other issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole."

While attending the centre Demi – who has since fought her addictions to alcohol, cocaine and the prescription painkiller OxyContin – was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – a condition her late father also suffered with.

In the interview, Demi revealed that both her mother and grandmother had previously dealt with bulimia – the same eating disorder she eventually went on to develop.

She said: "Being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder…it's hard not to grow up like that."

"Hopefully my kids won't have it, but it's kind of like addiction…It's hereditary."

She also admitted that her issues with body image were enhanced by taking part in beauty pageants as a child where she "judged for her beauty".

The 23-year-old celebrated her fourth year of sobriety back in March but continues to receive support at regular Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

Demi also explained to the mag how being honest about her issues has benefited both she and her fans.

She said: "When I have meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts." 

"They'll tell me, 'You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,' or 'I got sober.' Hearing those things gave my life new meaning."

"At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility."

"But now, it's really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable."

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