McPhee, who struggled with the disorder since the age of 17, finally conquered the nightmare by enrolling with the Eating Disorder Center of California after winning a place on the TV talent show.
She says, "When I made it onto American Idol, I knew that food--my eating disorder--was the one thing holding me back.
"I knew I had put off going to a treatment center long enough--I'd been struggling with bulimia since I was 17.
"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."
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