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Strictly Come Dancing's Dianne Buswell opens up about bulimia battle

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Strictly Come Dancing's Dianne Buswell has opened up about her battle with bulimia.

Talking on BBC's Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, the star revealed that while working on a cruise ship, she replaced her meals with fluids and underwent enforced weigh-ins.

"I worked on a cruise ship for quite a while," she said. "It's tricky, because as a dancer you get weighed.

"We got weighed every week and had a thing called a WW, which was a Weight Warning. I had two of them in my time and I weighed two more kilos than I do now. I would have a bit of spinach and would watch all the other girls and they would be the same – you just wouldn't eat."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Dianne continued: "I went through one point where I just wouldn't eat, so I just had like a drink for my lunch and a drink for my dinner.

"I got really sick. I had nothing. If I did have some food, I would make myself sick because I wouldn't want it in me."

Dianne, who has been a professional dancer on the BBC competition show since 2017, went on to explain that she felt more pressure as she became more successful.

"I adore dancing but, I guess, as I became more successful, the pressures also grew," she said.

"That can really spiral you into this awful self-doubt and the pressure of that makes you do crazy things. You're constantly checking your weight. You're thinking, 'I need to be a certain way and I need to look a certain way'."

Photo credit: Joe Sugg - Instagram
Photo credit: Joe Sugg - Instagram

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Dianne also said that her eating disorder and the pressure she was under got so bad that she was told by doctors that she could could have had a heart attack.

The beloved dancer has sought help from eating disorder experts since these events, but she admitted that the disease has never completely left her mind.

"There is still that slight voice in the back of my head – I don't think it fully ever 100% goes away – but it's the way I deal with it now that is so much stronger and healthier and better for me," she said.

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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