Before she was on Dancing With the Stars, before she was a mom to son Lorenzo, and before the whirlwind success of Jersey Shore, Snooki was just another high schooler dealing with the pressures of fitting in.
On Monday, Oct. 7, the reality star veteran opened up about her past eating disorders 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," she said. "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 continued. "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."
The pint-sized performer broke down in tears as she recalled struggling to maintain a tiny figure and control her weight.
Now in retrospect, the 25-year-old mom added, 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 told Us Weekly that she decided to open up about her struggles in hopes that it'll help fans who might be going through similar situations.
"I definitely though I should bring it up on this show because a lot of kids watch, and I just wanted kids to know they can overcome it," she told Us. "I think a lot of high school kids go through that, I think every girl struggles with that at some point, so it's important."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Snooki Talks Anorexia Struggle During High School on Dancing With the Stars: "It Got Really, Really Bad"