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Before Jersey Shore, before Dancing With the Stars, before becoming a mom to baby boy Lorenzo, Snooki was just a normal girl trying to fit in.

What wasn't normal, however, was her eating disorder.

Last night, the reality star opened up about that longtime battle during her segment on Dancing With the Stars, admitting that "it got really, really bad."

"Cheerleading was my life in high school but it wasn't always easy for me," Snooki said, recalling her more difficult times. "I started to be anorexic."

"There were these little girls coming up, like freshmen, who were literally, like, 70 pounds. And I was like, my spot as a flier is going to get taken away."

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Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has no trouble eating nowadays. If there are pickles around late night, watch out! But just a few years ago, she was anorexic.

She actually battled both anorexia and bulimia as she tried to maintain a small size for the cheerleading squad. This was serious stuff and extremely unhealthy for her.

Anorexic Snooki

“It started when I was a junior [in high school],” Snooki explains to OK! Magazine. “The reason I did it is because I was very self-consicous about cheerleading."

Insecure Snooki says it happened because "There were these little freshman girls ... I was scared that these little freshman girls were going to take my spot.”

“I just started eating salads and salads,” she tells OK!. “But then I got to a point where I was just eating a cracker a day. And I was down to just 80 pounds.”

Fortunately, she's turned things around since then. As for her obsessions with tanning booths, daytime drunkenness and promiscuity, we've got work to do.

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You know Nicole Polizzi as Snooki from MTV's hit show Jersey Shore. People in Poughkeepsie used to know her as the fake-tanned, 80-pound girl.

After The Situation mocked Snooki's "rolls" on the show last week, he hit close to home. She tearfully announced she once had an eating disorder.

"In high school, I really wouldn't eat," Nicole Polizzi revealed on The Insider on Tuesday. "I would only have lunch, and I would only have salads."

"It got so crazy that I would only eat a cracker or a cucumber a day and I would feel full. I would go into the nurses office every day and I would weigh myself. When she [the school nurse] realized that I hit 80 pounds, she was like, 'This isn't good.'"

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Luckily for her, the nurse notified Snookers' parents.

"My parents told me, 'You need to eat, this is dangerous,'" says Snooki, who is 4-foot-9. "So I gained my weight back to like 98, where I always was."

On Friday, The Situation (a.k.a. Mike Sorrentino) said that he felt bad after mocking his co-star while they were dining out together in Atlantic City.

"I regret saying it because I have a sister and a mother, but at the same time, everything happened so quickly and that is what happened," he said.

You know how it goes. The Situation quotes just happen so fast. That's nice that he apologized, though, and we're glad Snookems is healthy now.

Well, minus that hair.

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