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Taylor Swift Reveals Eating Disorder

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By Rebecca Cukier

Taylor Swift has bravely opened up about having suffered from an eating disorder. The "You Need To Calm Down" singer made the reveal on "Miss Americana" – the Netflix documentary premiered on Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

Swift revealed that her 2015 world tour came with major struggles as she battled her weight, forcing herself to undereat.

Taylor recalled feeling "like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it." The 30-year-old pop superstar added: "It's only happened a few times and I'm not in any way proud of it."

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Kept Lists Of Her Intake And Exercised 'Constantly'

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Taylor further added that she would "starve a little bit [and] just stop eating". The singer confirmed having struggled with her eating disorder for several years, also outlining that she kept lists of all consumed foods, alongside exercising "constantly" until she was a size 00.

It is not uncommon for an eating disorder sufferer to deny having a problem when confronted by others – and this was just the case for Taylor.

"I would have defended it to anybody: 'What are you talking about? Of course I eat. I exercise a lot," she said.

"And I did exercise a lot. But I wasn't eating," the star added.

Magazine Cover Read 'Pregnant At 18?' And She Freaked Out

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Taylor's recent feature with Variety further explored the subject.

"I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine, and the headline was like 'Pregnant at 18?' she said.

"And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment," she continued, adding:

"And then I'd walk into a photo shoot and be in the dressing room and somebody who worked at a magazine would say, 'Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes. Usually we have to make alterations to the dresses, but we can take them right off the runway and put them on you!' And I looked at that as a pat on the head."

'It's Better To Think You Look Fat Than To Look Sick'

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Taylor's fit and strong body is now at a healthy weight, suggesting that she's made a full recovery.

"You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body," Taylor continued before adding that her philosophies now center around a positive mindset.

These days, Swift tells herself: "Nope. We do not do that anymore because it's better to think you look fat than to look sick."

While Taylor has not sought residential treatment for her eating struggles, other celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, are known to have checked in for help.

Women Held To 'A Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty'

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Taylor's feature saw her mention "The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil – Swift said that she "[loves]" her. Jameela is, of course, well known for having taken to Twitter to criticize Flat Tummy Co. promotions from reality star Khloe Kardashian.

Swift also spoke of beauty standards overall.

"Because women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty. We’re seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we’re not what we should be, that you kind of need a mantra to repeat in your head when you start to have harmful or unhealthy thoughts," she said, speaking of Jamil's social media quotes.

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