Formerly known as ‘Ginger Spice’, Geri Halliwell suffered with binge eating and bulimia ever since her childhood. Geri admitted in the past that she has always been insecure about her looks and body shape and that self-consciousness about her physique helped get her through her eating disorders.
Talking about her bulimic past she said: “In the past, I always had my hang-ups, believing I wasn’t pretty enough, or a good enough singer, or thin enough.”
She says being in the spotlight, in front of cameras and in the public eye at all times took it’s toll on her. “There’s always going to be that pressure when you’re in front of the camera. When you’re famous it’s just an extreme version of reality and there’s a pressure to look a certain way”.
It’s a sentiment often stated by celebrities with eating disorders and Geri seriously struggled under the weight of that pressure during her solo comeback after leaving the most successful girl band in history – the Spice Girls.
Embarking on a solo career the next year, she wanted to make sure she was in perfect shape to promote her new image. In the video to “It’s Raining Men”, a relatively thin Geri sported a very toned physique but in the following months she continued to lose weight. Alarm bells about her health began to ring and is soon became clear that she was living with an eating disorder.
She made an easy target for the media which added further pressure until she disappeared from the public eye again.
She still feels that body shape is a matter of nature and personal choice and she was once quoted as saying: “Some people are naturally thin and some people are naturally heavier. It doesn’t mean that bigger is healthier, or much thinner is healthier, it’s on an individual basis. Someone taught me how to eat properly. Learning from others is important when it’s not working for yourself.”
Like many stars she spent years on strict diets but she is happier now having overcome her body issues and enjoying a balanced, healthy diet.
“I have a history of eating disorders but, as a mother, you think of being an example to your child. I’m so much more balanced than I was.”
“I can honestly tell you from personal experience, that worrying about an eating disorder really can get you down. There’s nothing to be ashamed about. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to your whole life if you tell someone you trust. There are lots of people who want to help and you really CAN’T fight this one on your own. It might be a hard decision to make, to tell people and to seek help but, trust me it’s nowhere as hard as trying to deal with it on your own.”