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'American Idol 5' runner-up Katharine McPhee reveals eating disorder


UPI News Service, 06/22/2006 

Katharine McPhee, who finished second this season on the U.S. TV show "American Idol," says it was her victory over bulimia that really mattered.

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The woman who "Idol" judge Simon Cowell called "the best of the competition" details her five-year battle with her eating disorder in the new issue of People magazine.

"I knew I had put off going to a treatment center long enough -- I'd been struggling with bulimia since I was 17," McPhee said.

"Growing up in Los Angeles and spending all those years in dance class, I'd been conscious of body image at a young age, and I went through phases of exercising compulsively and starving myself. ... Food was my crutch; it was how I dealt with emotions and uncomfortable situations."

The 22-year-old singer was enrolled for three months at the Eating Disorder Center of California, where she said she managed to gain control over the eating disorder.


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