Lauren Alaina Describes Eating Disorder Battle on ‘American Idol’

Nation singer Lauren Alaina opened up about her wrestle with an consuming dysfunction whereas she was competing on season 10 of American Idol.

“I began having issues with [an] consuming dysfunction in center college after which in tenth grade, I’m going on American Idol,” Alaina, 28, stated to Hannah Brown on the Wednesday, August 9, episode of the “Higher Tomorrow” podcast. “And I used to be in my very awkward, chubby section.”

Alaina defined that the “largest criticism” she endured got here from the women in her highschool however that modified when she determined to go on “nationwide tv.”

“I used to be all the time assured on the stage, the one factor I wasn’t assured [about] was my weight in all probability like my entire life,” she recalled. “Effectively not my entire life, however beginning in eighth grade-ish as a result of I turned a cheerleader and I used to be a softball participant earlier than that and so I used to be not constructed the identical.”

Alaina was the runner-up on the wildly widespread singing competitors collection in 2011, dropping to fellow nation artist Scotty McCreery. Alaina recalled being “between a youngster and a lady” whereas a 16-year-old on the present, and marveled at how so many viewers targeted on and criticized her physique.

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“Folks commented loads on my weight. … What sort of evil people can touch upon a 16-year-old little one is past me now. However as that 16-year-old little one it acquired very dangerous for some time,” Alaina admitted. “I suffered with such a extreme consuming dysfunction in these years the place nothing was connecting, it wasn’t solely as a result of [I needed] to work onerous, I misplaced who I used to be fully. The whole lot, my mild prefer it was dimmed fairly a bit due to the TV side.”

Alaina remembered there was even a weblog on the time, which she didn’t title, that photoshopped a “pig nostril” on her face and referred to her as “Miss Piggy.” Nonetheless, regardless of the hurtful feedback, Alaina managed to additionally be ok with her fan-favorite performances on the present.

“It was an excessive excessive and an excessive low and I acquired sick … I struggled very, very dangerous with bulimia for a really very long time,” she confessed. “In reality once I was occurring Dancing With the Stars [in 2019,] I had been in remission for years at that time. And one thing about figuring out I used to be going again on nationwide tv I needed to begin going to remedy for it once more.”

Alaina says she’s at the moment doing “nice” as she continues to launch new music and tour whereas feeling “joyful and wholesome.” Whereas she often stays away from studying feedback on-line, she does take a look at those which can be “actually nice” and interacts along with her followers. She says that right this moment, “issues are very optimistic.” now.

When you or somebody you understand struggles with an consuming dysfunction, go to the Nationwide Affiliation of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Problems (ANAD) web site or name their hotline at (888)-375-7767 to get assist.