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Jun 25th, 2006, 04:10 PM
'American Idol 5' runner-up Katharine McPhee reveals eating disorder

UPI News Service, 06/22/2006

Katharine McPhee (http://www.realitytvworld.com/realitytvdb/katharine-mcphee/person-680), who finished second (http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/taylor-hicks-bests-katharine-mcphee-win-fox-american-idol-5-4163.php) this season on the U.S. TV show "American Idol," (http://www.realitytvworld.com/americanidol/) says it was her victory over bulimia that really mattered.

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.