Mexican actress Anahí opened up recently about her history with a life-threatening eating disorder. For five years, the 28-year-old former member of Mexican pop group RBD suffered from anorexia nervosa—a disorder characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight.
In an appearance on National Geographic Channel’s new series, Obsesión: Cuerpos Que Gritan, the actress/singer spoke about her struggle, which ended when she weighed as little as 77 pounds and nearly died from cardiac arrest. Anahí said she felt pressured to maintain a certain beauty standard while working in the entertainment industry. The singer, who is the voice behind the theme song for MTV Tr3s’ new anticipated series Popland, said she grew accustomed to eating less until her weight loss became obviously unhealthy.
Eventually, Anahí's heart stopped beating for almost ten seconds. “I did not notice that my body was crying for help,” she said. “With the passage of time, my body stopped accepting nutrition until my heart stopped.” After awakening, the telenovela star decided to fight against the disorder. With the support of her friends and family, she was able to battle her anorexia, which began when she was 13, and return to a healthy, normal weight. You can watch Anahí’s full interview on Obsesión: Cuerpos Que Gritan, airing this Sunday a 10 p.m. on National Geographic.