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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi opens up about her prior struggle with anorexia


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/08/2013 

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has opened up about how she previously battled anorexia during her high school cheerleading days.

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While Polizzi disclosed the fact she once struggled with an eating disorder back in 2010, she revealed some additional details to her professional dance partner Sasha Farber during Monday night's Dancing with the Stars broadcast.

"Cheerleading was my life in high school but it wasn't always easy for me. I started to be anorexic. I had an eating disorder and it got really, really bad. There were these little girls coming up, like freshmen -- they were literally, like, 70 pounds," the Jersey Shore and Snooki & Jwoww star said during a package that aired prior to her performance on last night's show.

"And I was like, my spot as a flier is going to get taken away. So I ended up starving myself. I started eating one salad a day, and then it became, like, one cracker a day, and then it became just one grape a day. And then... just not eating at all for three days. It was a really, really, bad time for me."

Polizzi said her stint on Dancing with the Stars is an attempt to leave her troubled times in the past and move on to better experiences.

"I went through a dark time in high school with cheerleading, so I feel like now's a good time to make new, positive memories," she told Farber.

Following last night's show, Polizzi told Us Weekly she found it necessary to share her history with viewers in the hopes she can set a good example for kids.

"I definitely thought I should bring it up on this show because a lot of kids watch, and I just wanted kids to know they can overcome it," Polizzi added. "I think a lot of high school kids go through that, I think every girl struggles with that at some point, so it's important."

(Photo credit ABC)


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