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Victoria Beckham tells of her obsession with her body


Soccer wife, singer, fashion designer and mother Victoria Beckham finally admitted to having suffered from an eating disorder after repeated denials. Highly successful as a Spice Girl and married to England’s best soccer player, Victoria released her first book, ‘Learning to Fly’, in September, 2001, in which she tells the truth about her painstaking fight to look good.

In her book, she writes that she was “obsessed” with her body and with her appearance during the time when her career with the Spice Girls was at its peak. In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller,” the BBC quotes the actress as writing.

Victoria also claims that her image obsession began in the early days of the Spice Girls, founded in 1994, when management told all five members to slim down. Years of dieting ensued, a time during which, as Victoria, known as Posh Spice, claims, was fuelled by fellow band mate Geri Halliwell’s suggestion to take liquid food substitutes.

“I began living on vegetables and nothing else. But it never occurred to me that I had an eating disorder,” quotes the star as saying. Later, Victoria reportedly succumbed to binge eating, with the BBC reporting her as saying she’s eat 10 bowls of cereal in one sitting.

But while Victoria, who is skinnier now than she ever was, admits to being obsessed with her body  in the past, she vehemently denies she suffers from eating disorders.

Victoria Beckham in 1999

“I think there’s a big difference between someone having an eating disorder and someone who is controlled about what they eat,” she told People magazine.

“There’s a big difference, and every now and then of course I go out and eat what I like. But I do try to be quite disciplined in the way that I eat.

“I eat really healthy, I love Japanese food, lots of fish, any sort of fish, any sort of vegetable, lots of fruit, that kind of thing,” Victoria continues.

When asked about the size 0 obsession and eating disorders among models, she said:  “All of the girls – I know quite a few models and they actually eat, they’re just naturally thin girls. And just because you’re thin it doesn’t mean you have an eating disorder. What is more of a concern is the age of the girls. Some of the girls on the catwalk are 13 years old and that is more worrying to me than the size of the girl, to be honest,” People magazine quotes her as saying.

To all the controversies surrounding her due to her visible weight loss, Victoria has to say: “I keep fit by running after my three boys all day.”

Other celebrities who have battled anorexia include Kate Beckinsale, Jessica AlbaCalista Flockheart,Courtney Thorne-Smith and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.

Former Spice Girls band mates Geri Halliwell and Melanie Chisholm also battled eating disorder.

Images:; – Author: Gerrit van Aaken.

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