Nicole Scherzinger discusses 7 year battle with bulimia

bulimia helpNicole Scherzinger has fast become one of the best known faces on UK TV thanks to her recent appearance as a judge on the X Factor, however despite her clear body confidence and outgoing nature, she is in fact a recovering bulimic.

The singer discussed her harrowing seven-year battle with bulimia with Closer magazine, and revealed that she will be enjoying Christmas dinner this year, and maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise.

 



"I can't wait to have Christmas with my family," Nicole said, before adding that she as looking forward to enjoying a balanced lifestyle, including some running in London's Hyde Park and participating in yoga classes, while continuing to eat a healthy diet.

It was while she was in the Pussycat Dolls that the US singer tussled with the eating disorder.

However, she credits her love of music and the continued support of her boyfriend, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton to help her overcome her bulimia.

Nicole told the publication: "I just hated myself. I really was so disgusted with myself and so embarrassed. I did it every day for years. Every time I had a second to be alone, I was [bingeing and purging]. My bulimia was my addiction. Hurting myself was my addiction."

After seeking professional treatment and encouragement from her friends and family, she has since removed her negative attitude towards diet and exercise, instead developing a healthy relationship with food and her own body.

The 34-year-old claims to now be stronger, both mentally and emotionally, and ensures to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly in order to keep up her fitness levels.

Food is no longer an enemy of Nicole's and she feels more confident in discussing her past as it allows her to feel more grateful of just how far she has come.

She now believes she is fitter and healthier than ever and no longer obsessively weighs herself, now that she has recovered from her eating disorder.

Instead, her new approach to diet and exercise is very much centred around the idea of balance.

"By the time I was in the Pussycat Dolls, I was on the scale all the time. It became my enemy because I noticed that when I exercised really hard, I'd gain weight.

"Now that I'm in my thirties, I've stepped off the scale. I just go by how my clothes fit. I'm more accepting of my body and have learned to really embrace it. These days it's all about finding balance," she went on to say.

Being able to manage her own schedule and career has also helped Nicole to embrace a new sense of order, rather than seek out control over other aspects of her life such as her weight, exercise and diet.

The need to find control can often be cited as a trigger for bulimia and other eating disorders, such as binge eating and anorexia nervosa.

Treatment, therefore, can work to uncover out any underlying psychological issues at work, which could be contributing towards low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, all of which can be linked to bulimia.

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