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Scheana Shay Opens Up About Her Struggle with Anorexia

The #PumpRules SURver explains the deeper reason why she took offense to Stassi's reunion comment.

By Megan Segura
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During the first part of the Vanderpump Rules reunion, Scheana Shay says she took offense to Stassi Schroeder calling her anorexic because of her past struggle with an eating disorder. They didn't stay on the topic long, but it was a sobering admission. Recently, Scheana opened up about the topic on The Daily Dish podcast and revealed how she maintains her health today.

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Scheana said her anorexia started while she was in college. "I was 20 years old. I was going to be moving out to Hollywood. I wanted to be an actress. Thin was in 11 years ago. Kim Kardashian was not a thing. It wasn’t cool to have a big butt. For me, I was just like, 'I don't want to work out, so the only way I know how to get skinny is to stop eating.'"

By the end of the year, Scheana was almost down to 100 pounds. "I remember stepping on the scale the day of my college graduation, and I was 102. I was like, 'Yes, I’m almost under 100.' I was proud of myself."

Scheana remembers friends noticing her getting too skinny and pointing out that she was losing her curves. She said she started eating regularly again, but then would often take laxatives to counterbalance the weight gain. "I was doing any quick fix to get the weight off."

Fans of the show may have noticed that Scheana recently lost a bit of weight, but she maintains it was done in a healthy way and that she no longer struggles with anorexia.

"I put on weight between 23 and 26, because I drank beer, wine, Champagne, Fireball, Jameson, everything with sugar, on a regular basis."

Scheana says she gained 20 pounds of "alcohol weight" and lost it through a healthy diet and exercise.

"I eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and I work out, so I'm able to keep it off."

You can listen to the full interview here.

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