Kelly Clarkson Confessed She Struggled With Bulimia In 7th Grade: How To Make Sure Young Loved Ones Are Not At Risk

September 6, 2019

Women are usually under pressure to look a certain way so as to fit the societally accepted standard of beauty. And it can be heartbreaking when young girls become so obsessed with having these physical attributes that they end up putting themselves in danger.

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Kelly's confession

In a 2007 interview with CosmoGIRL, singer Kelly Clarkson revealed that she had body image issues as a young girl.

While discussing the pressure young women put on themselves to look thin and pretty, Kelly confessed to the magazine that she was bulimic for six months when she was in the seventh grade.

Hearing the Stronger singer admit to such a heartbreaking experience raises a lot of questions. Should we be worried about the state of mind of schoolchildren who may be suffering from this eating disorder?

How to spot the symptoms

According to EatingRecoveryCenter, 5 percent of American women struggle with Bulimia Nervosa in their lifetime and EatingDisorderHope reported that 2.7% of teenage girls aged 13 - 18 struggle with an eating disorder. This means we're talking about thousands of young girls and women who are struggling with a condition that could be potentially harmful.

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If you have young relatives under your care like children or siblings, you should be aware of the signs that they may be at risk.

According to NHS, below are some of the symptoms that could indicate a risk of bulimia nervosa:

  • Binge-eating; when the person consumes large amounts of food in a very short time;
  • When you notice that they try to induce vomiting especially immediately after meals;
  • When they perform extremely rigorous exercise after a binge as they desperately trying not to add weight;
  • Fear of gaining weight and a strong obsession with their body;
  • Mood swings.

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Other common eating disorders

Bulimia isn't the only eating condition that young people can be at risk for. Other concerning food-related health problems are anorexia, binge-eating disorder, avoidant or restrictive food intake disorder.

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If you notice any signs that a loved one is coping with serious body image issues that have them resorting to drastic means to change things, be sure to suggest that they meet with a professional.

This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.