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Lauren Alaina Opens Up About Her Struggle with Bulimia

Written with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure, Lauren Alaina‘s latest single “Road Less Traveled” was inspired by her struggle with an eating disorder.

“This song came from a part of me that isn’t the prettiest part of me, but I want to use it to encourage people regardless of what they see as their flaw,” said Alaina in a heartbreaking new interview with The Tennessean.

She reveals just how bad things got, but also how she’s now triumphed over bulimia.

After one blogger called the 5’8,” then-16-year-old, “Miss Piggy” during her days as a contestant on American Idol, Alaina restricted herself to 500 calories a day and took injections in her leg, trying to lose weight.

Eventually, she became bulimic.

“I think people kind of wondered how I was losing all of that weight,” she says. “At the time, I was so sick, but I still wanted to be smaller. I’m 5-8 and was wearing a size 0.”

Related: Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled”

Finally, when a doctor examined polyps on her throat that she’d had since she was a child, and pointedly asked if she’d ever had an eating disorder, Alaina was forced to admit the truth, and seek treatment.

She’s now working with a chef and trainer, and hopes that by speaking out about her struggle, that she’ll inspire others – and herself – to be healthier.

“I still wake up with the uglies and I still have days where I say things to myself that I shouldn’t say,” she adds. “But I feel like speaking out about it has made me want to be healthier.”

Watch Lauren perform “Road Less Traveled” on NBC’s “The Today Show” here.

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