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Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder Battle

Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder Battle

Jennette McCurdy has decided to bravely open up about her health.

In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness week, the 26-year-old actress and singer decided to pen a very personal letter for Huffington Post where she opened up about her own struggle with an eating disorder.

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“My disordered eating started when I was 11. As a child actress working in Hollywood, I quickly learned that remaining physically small for my age meant I had a better chance of booking more roles,” Jennette writes. “Unfortunately, I had a trusty and dedicated companion ready to help me with my burgeoning anorexia: my mom!”

Jennette then explained how her mom struggled with anorexia saying she’s “not convinced [my mom] ever overcame her disordered eating.”

She then talks about being cast on iCarly alongside Miranda Cosgrove when she barely ate.

“I became even more fixated on food and my body. I monitored every bite I took,” Jennette writes. “I exercised obsessively. I measured my thighs with a measuring tape every night before bed.”

Jennette‘s mom was then diagnosed with cancer for the second time, which began her “binge eating phase.”

“I still tracked, calculated and obsessed about every single thing that went into my mouth, just the same as when I had anorexia. The only difference was that I was eating a lot more,” Jennette continues. “I was constantly preoccupied with food. Nothing meant more to me than my next bite and nothing gave me more shame than my last one. I was in a toxic, self-loathing cycle.”

Eventually Jennete‘s sister-in-law confronted her about her fluctuating weight – which began her recovery process.

“Recovery was brutal. It felt like breaking up with a bad boyfriend whom I loved even though I knew I shouldn’t,” Jennette adds. “He treated me poorly, he ruined my life, he consistently devastated me, and yet, without him, who was I really?”

Jennette admits she’s had slip-ups, but is focused on on staying on the healthy track.

“Anytime I’ve had a slip, I’ve gotten back on my program. It’s been two years and I’m doing well, recovering and moving forward. I still get eating disorder urges, compulsions and occasional fantasies. I still hear that old eating disorder voice, but luckily I hear it less and less often,” Jennette concludes. “And when I do hear it, I now have the tools to muffle it.”

You can read Jennette‘s full essay at HuffintonPost.com.

Addison Riecke Gets Ultimate Compliment From Nickelodeon Legend Jennette McCurdy

Addison Riecke Gets Ultimate Compliment From Nickelodeon Legend Jennette McCurdy

Addison Riecke is starring in Jennette McCurdy‘s brand new short film, Strong Independent Women.

The 15-year-old actress got a big compliment from Jennette on Instagram after the short was released.

“this one! she is pure talent and a total pro. i can’t wait to watch everything she does,” Jennette wrote. “that sounded creepy, i mean everything she accomplishes. anyway, she absolutely kills it in the new short.”

Love this!

Addison replied, “That means so much to me. I loved working with you!! You are the best!!”

Watch the short and see the Instagram below!

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Josh Hutcherson, Normani, & Jennette McCurdy Get Spooked at Halloween Horror Nights!

Josh Hutcherson, Normani, & Jennette McCurdy Get Spooked at Halloween Horror Nights!

Josh Hutcherson, Normani, and Jennette McCurdy make some interesting friends at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights!

The Hunger Games star, the “Love Lies” singer, and the Sam & Cat actress had some spooky fun at the park over the weekend in Universal City, Calif.

Josh was joined by a group of friends and his mom Michelle.

“Why is getting scared so much fun? thanks @UniStudios @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN,” he tweeted.

Also checking out the scary event this past week were Jaeden Lieberher, CNCO, Jillian Rose Reed, Marcus Scribner, Trevor Jackson, Emily Tosta, Josephine Skriver, Kendrick Lamar, Maluma, and Shelley Hennig.

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Jennette McCurdy Talks Ariana Grande's Surprise Engagement to Pete Davidson: 'I'm Excited For Her'

Jennette McCurdy Talks Ariana Grande's Surprise Engagement to Pete Davidson: 'I'm Excited For Her'

Count Jennette McCurdy as one of Ariana Grande‘s former co-stars who is stoked about her engagement.

The 25-year-old comedic actress spoke to ET about the singer’s surprise engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson, which was announced earlier in the week.

“I’m super proud of her and excited for her,” she shared. “I hope that she’s super happy.”

While Jennette admits their relationship seemed really fast, she adds that the two seem perfect for each other, too.

“They seem like they’re a great fit,” Jennette says. “From what I know of her, he seems like exactly a good person for her.”

If you remember Jennette and Ariana starred in the short-lived 2014 series, Sam & Cat.

Robert Pattinson Suits Up for 'Damsel' Premiere!

Robert Pattinson Suits Up for 'Damsel' Premiere!

Robert Pattinson flashes a smirk as he hits the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie Damsel on Wednesday (June 13) at the ArcLight Hollywood Theater in Hollywood.

The 32-year-old actor looked handsome in a charcoal-colored suit as he was joined at the premiere by his co-star Mia Wasikowska.

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Other stars at the premiere included Jennette McCurdy and Pom Klementieff.

Damsel follows Rob‘s character traveling across the Wild West to meet his one true love (Mia).

Damsel hits theaters on June 22.

Check out the trailer below!

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