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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.

She eventually entered treatment at the Eating Disorder Center of California.

“When I made it onto American Idol, I knew that food – my eating disorder – was the one thing really holding me back,” she says. “I was bingeing my whole life away for days at a time … So when I got on the show, I said, ‘You know what? I can do well in this competition. Let me give myself a chance and just get ahold of this thing.’ ”

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