Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring has opened up on the anorexia battle she went through in her teens.
The soap star, 41, who plays Cindy Cunningham on the Channel 4 programme, revealed she was left fighting for her life aged 14 when she was hospitalised with an eating disorder.
Speaking to New! magazine, the star said: "It was bad, really bad.
"I weighed 4st 7lb. The doctors basically said, 'If you don't go to hospital, you may as well get hit by a bus because you're going to die.''"
Anorexia sufferers typically "have a distorted image of their bodies, thinking they are fat even when they are underweight," according to the NHS.
Recalling how her eating disorder started, she said: "I was basically a fat kid and I wanted to look good in hotpants. I went on a diet but the diet never ended. "
Steph recalled how she continued to lose "more and more weight" until she eventually became "scared" to eat.
While the actress is now in full health, she added that the eating disorder will "never leave her".
"I don't think it ever leaves you especially because I was so young.
"I'm 41 now but it's something so ingrained in you psychologically so it's always there in the back of your mind," she said.
Happily, health and fitness fan Stephanie said that in adulthood she finally feels like she is seeing her body in a "rational kind of way".
Stephanie first joined Hollyoaks in 1996, but has left drifted in and out of the soap throughout the years.
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