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Mcphee says that American Idol saved her life.

June 23, 2006

After Katherine McPhee landed a spot on American Idol she decided that it was time to take control of her future. The source of the link is E! Online news.

In a new interview with People Magazine she revealed that she has struggled with bulima bingeing and purging in such a way that could have permanently damaged her vocal chords and of course cause other health problems.

During the worst of the problem she would make herself vomit up to 7 times a day, each day, which is like putting a sledge hammer to the vocal chords.

But all that did change once the aspiring singer got the free light from the Idol judges. At that she also realized that she would have to rein the eating disorder.

When she made it to American Idol she knew that the food/eating disorder would hold her back. So do you know how she did it? How did she conquer her eating disorder? This is how.

Backed up by her parents, frequent Idol audience members Peisha and Daniel McPhee, the Idol hopeful enrolled in an intensive treatment program at Los Angeles's Eating Disorder Center of California, where she underwent three months of group and individual therapy, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week at the center.

She knew that she would have to surrender the free life to do the program because she would be there form 9 in the morning to 7 at night. That type of sacrifice was necessary in order for her to get well. Mcphee has been struggling with bulima since she was 17.

McPhee attributes some of her problems with food to growing up in a city where there is tremendous emphasis which is placed on celebrity-slim bodies. "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," she says.

By using the intuitive eating approach she learned at the Eating Disorder Center, McPhee was eventually able to redefine her relationship to food. "I learned that there's no such thing as a bad food," she says. "If you look at a doughnut, people think it's a fattening food–why? Because if you eat it you'll get fat? No, you'll get fat if you eat 10 doughnuts." As a result of learning this new behaviour, she dropped 30 pounds and broke her cycle of bingeing and purging.

"That's why I say American Idol saved my life, because if I hadn't auditioned I don't think I would have gotten a handle on food," she told People Magazine. McPhee, who signed a record deal with RCA Records in conjunction with 19 Recordings Limited earlier this month, releases her first single, "My Destiny," coupled with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," on Tuesday. As of Thursday, the tracks were ranked number 52 in music by Amazon.com.

Though the Idol competition is officially over, McPhee's still got her work cut out for her if she hopes to catch up to Taylor Hicks, who released his first single last week and instantly rocketed to the top of the charts.

The source material for this posting came from the original E! Online link here.

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