19 Kids And Counting‘s Michelle Duggar Reveals Her Early Struggle With Bulimia

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19 Kids And Counting star Michelle Duggar may seem to live a picture perfect life, but she’s the first to admit that this simply isn’t true.

On Tuesday’s episode of the TLC hit, the Duggar’s matriarch opens up about having self-esteem issues as a teenager.

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The 48-year-old confesses:

“Before I came to know the Lord, I had been struggling in my self worth, just feeling like I needed to measure up to all my friends├óΓé¼┬ª I began to have a wrong view of who I was, I gained weight so easily.”

And it was because of her fluctuating weight that caused her to develop an eating disorder:

“I ended up starting a bad habit of making myself get sick after I ate├óΓé¼┬ª As I was in that process, no one knew.”

This isn’t the first time the reality TV star has revealed her past struggles with bulimia.

She details the illness in the book Growing Up Duggar, which was also co-written with her daughters Jana, 25, Jill, 23, Jessa, 22 and Jinger, 21.

However, the mother of 19 has since overcome this ailment, and believes it’s important to reveal her past secrets with her children.

To hear more from Michelle herself, ch-ch-check out the clip (below).

[Image via The Duggar Family/Instagram.]

Mar 10, 2015 1:59pm PDT

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