Snooki on Eating Disorder: It Got Really, Really Bad

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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."

"So I ended up starving myself," she said. "I started eating one salad a day, and then it became, like, one cracker a day, and then it became just one grape a day."

"And then… just not eating at all for three days."

"It was a really, really, bad time for me."

In retrospect, the 25-year-old says she can look back at how "dark" that period of her life was and can move forward to "make new positive memories."

The reality star added that she decided to open up about her struggles in hopes that it'll help out fans who might be going through similar situations.

Like the example set by this week's eliminated star Valerie Harper, that's more important than any Dancing With the Stars results she achieves this season.

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