Rachel Sanoff
August 30, 2016 1:45 pm
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Geri Horner, formerly Halliwell, recently appeared on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? — bravely sharing honest insight into the harder moments from her time as Ginger Spice in the Spice Girls.

To many young girls, Ginger Spice and rest of the Spice Girls were iconic representations of power and confidence. But Geri explains that the overwhelming fame and media scrutiny took a toll on their collective mental health. And for Halliwell, that meant developing an eating disorder.

Geri elaborated:

“I felt much more conscious of myself, my body weight… We all used different tools to get by, coping mechanisms. For me [it] was controlling my body weight.”

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She became bulimic, as do two to three in 100 American women. And as is the case with many eating disorders, her bulimia stemmed from a need for control in a stressful situation. Geri explained how the purging inherent to the disorder makes the illness uniquely threatening to one’s health:

“I started being bulimic and no one would notice it because your body weight stays pretty much the same… It’s bloody dangerous.”

Thankfully, a 12-step program helped Geri overcome bulimia, and has allowed her to have a healthy relationship with food. A quick visit to her Instagram even shows her to be quite the baker.

Halliwell won U.K.’s Sports Relief Bake Off this year, too!

We are so happy that Geri recovered from her eating disorder, and we are so grateful that she is speaking openly about the mental health struggles faced by too many women.