Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi struggled just a few short years ago with eating disorders — both anorexia and bulimia — as she tried to maintain a small size for the cheerleading squad. OK! caught up with the poufed spitfire at L.A.'s The London Hotel for an exclusive interview — only in this week's issue, on sale everywhere now!
"It started when I was a junior in high school," Snooki explains to OK! of her troubles with dieting. "The reason I did it is because I was very self-consicous about cheerleading. There were these little freshman girls, and I was scared that these little freshman girls were going to take my spot."
That was when Snooki, at 4-feet-9 inches, began trying drastic measures to make sure she stayed tiny.
"I just started eating salads and salads," she tells OK!. "Then I got to a point where I was just eating a cracker a day. And I was down to 80 pounds."