Shawn Johnson Shares Emotional Details About Her Disordered Eating Following the 2008 Olympics

Shawn Johnson Says She Took Weight Loss Pills to Maintain the Figure She Had at the 2008 Olympics

7/1/2020 2:15:00 AM

Shawn Johnson Says She Took Weight Loss Pills to Maintain the Figure She Had at the 2008 Olympics

In a new video posted to her YouTube channel, Shawn shared her struggles with disordered eating and weight loss pills following the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"When I went onDancing with the Starsand I had my period for the first time, and I had to deal with going through puberty on national television, I hit a very low spot," Shawn said."I'd gained about 15 lbs. after the Olympics and I thought that that was the worst thing in the entire world—which it wasn't, it was healthy and normal."

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The Olympian said she turned to weight loss pills including ephedrine and Adderall."I started doing any and everything I possibly could to lose the weight and to look like I did at the Olympics," she explained."And in my mind if I could look like that—not necessarily compete or do gymnastics—but if I could be that person again, then the world would say that I was 'enough' and I was accepted."

"So I went through this dark kind of spiral of a few years on terrible medications and drugs that tried to 'spike my metabolism' and did nothing, I took diuretics, I did every fad diet," she continued."I remember I went through a three-week phase where I ate nothing but raw vegetables."

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