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Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten 'nearly died four times' during 13 year battle with anorexia

Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten 'nearly died four times' during 13 year battle with anorexia
Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten, 37, reveals she “nearly died four times” over the 13 years she’s battled anorexia, as she opens up about some of her darkest times. In a film for ITV‘s Lorraine the actress, who played Rachel Breckle from 2011 to 2015 in the long-running soap, speaks to Love Island’s Dr Alex George about her brushes with death in an attempt to raise more awareness around the silent killer.
Gemma says: “I lost 13 years of my life and nearly died four times. I don’t want that to happen to anybody else.

“It’s not about food – food is the symptom, it’s not the cause.”

She adds: “When you’re encompassed by an eating disorder, which is a health illness, the misconception of it is that you chose to have an eating disorder.

“An eating disorder is not a choice. I definitely didn’t choose it.”

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Gemma continues: “I had no idea what was going on.

“Sadly, it wasn’t until being in the depths of therapy and really starting to understand what an eating disorder was that I was actually able to address it.”

The actress recalls a point in her suffering when medics warned her that she had just 24 hours to live.

She has also stressed the importance of not judging whether somebody has an eating disorder based on their weight, as she opened up about her own experience with bullying.

Gemma remains adamant that “early intervention” is key when it comes to eating disorders and waiting for someone’s weight to change isn’t going to help.

“We have got to stop trying to treat a mental health illness by looking at physical attributes,” she insisted.

Talking of her own recovery, she explained that it stemmed from talking about it to her parents.

“When it comes to reaching out, an eating disorder loves confrontation,” the actress explained.

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Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star dies age 38 after health worsens amid anorexia battle

Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star dies age 38 after health worsens amid anorexia battle
Big Brother star Nikki Grahame, who rose to fame in the 2006 series, died yesterday just weeks after a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for private treatment. Her manager said: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April 2021. Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”
The reality star checked into a private hospital to treat her eating disorder last month.

Nikki’s mum Susan discussed her daughter’s health battle on This Morning in March, telling viewers she had been struggling. 

She said: “With Covid, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her.

“In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.

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The reality star rose to fame on Big Brother UK in 2006, in which she finished in fifth place.

Four years later, she became a runner-up to Brian Dowling on Ultimate Big Brother.

Nikki had been open about her battle with anorexia since finding fame on the show.

The star’s condition meant she had spent more time in eating disorder units than at home and school from ages eight to 16.

In 2009, she released her autobiography Dying To Be Thin.

Tributes have flooded in for the late star on social media this evening.

Author Juno Danson wrote: “Nikki Grahame was a reality TV icon and I so dearly wanted her to be well. This is very sad.”

Jedward commented: “Rip Nikki Grahame as fellow Big brother contestants we’ve gone through the same experience and having met you on tv shows! Our heart goes out to your family and friends.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Cheryl Hole added: “I had the absolute pleasure of working with Nikki Grahame last year!

“She was an absolute joy, an icon like no other and will be so deeply missed! RIP Nikki.”

If you’re worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website, https://seedeatingdisorders.org.uk/