Fighting the battle against bulimia

By Drum Digital
03 July 2014

Singer Nicole Scherzinger recently admitted her eight-year battle with bulimia almost ruined her life. What are the warning signs and where can you get help for yourself or your child?

Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger (36) went to extreme lengths to stay slim, but it wasn’t until she collapsed in her hotel room that she decided to kick the eating disorder that had ruled her body and mind for almost a decade. Speaking in the August issue of the UK’s Cosmopolitan magazine, she said, “I had started losing my voice; I couldn’t sing at shows, and I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France. I thought, ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself’.”

However, the brunette beauty, who went public with her eating disorder in 2012, claims beating the illness was a hard process because it had become like a “drug” to her. “It is such a horrible, paralysing disease and it was such a dark time for me. I didn’t think anyone knew in my group or in my family because I hid it that well; I was so ashamed. I knew it wasn’t normal or healthy because I was hurting myself through this cycle of disordered eating. It was my drug, my addiction. It’s an endless, vicious cycle.”

Nicole is now living a healthy lifestyle and credits her boyfriend, Lewis Hamilton, whom she’s dated on and off since 2007, for putting the light back into her life. She said, “Well, it’s something crazy romantic. Relationships are hard and having to hold a long-distance relationship is even harder . . . But I’m good and I’m happy.”

Who’s at risk?

In the past bulimia was often referred to as a white woman’s disease, but recent statistics show the eating disorder is prevalent in teens between the ages of 15 and 18, regardless of ethnicity.

Warning signs

Do you suspect your teen is struggling with bulimia? Here are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Your child eats an abnormally large amount of food in a short period and never gains weight, but instead starts losing weight.
  • Your child often uses laxatives.
  • Your child spends a long time in the bathroom after meals.
  • Your child’s teeth look corroded (due to stomach acid from regular vomiting).
  • Your child is often anxious or out of control.
  • Your child exercises to the point of exhaustion or fasts at times.

Get help here

Click here to visit Eating Disorders South Africa’s website and get help today!

Sources: Bang Showbiz, Health24.com

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