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American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee speaks about her bulimia

June 22nd, 2006

American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee spoke with CNN and People Magazine about her experience with bulimia in a recent interview.

McPhee says her illness began during her high school years in Los Angeles, where she was always concerned about her appearance. She recalls starving herself and exercising to an extreme. The pattern continued. “I was bingeing my whole life away for days at a time,” she told People. She says the bottom came about the time she auditioned for “American Idol.”

Concerned that her vomiting was damaging her vocal cords, McPhee decided to get help.