Big Brother star Nikki Grahame has admitted she still battles with her anorexia over 30 years after she was first admitted to hospital.
The reality star, 37, appeared on Friday’s This Morning for a heated debate about the controversial Weight Watchers app Kurbo, which is aimed at young people age 8 to 17.
Nikki slammed the app as ‘dangerous’ as she agreed with critics who claim it promotes eating disorders, as she told hosts Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes that she is now ‘in control’ of her own health.
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Candid: Big Brother star Nikki Grahame, 37, has admitted she still battles with her anorexia over 30 years after she was first admitted to hospital
During the heated debate with weight loss motivator Steve Miller, Nikki said: ‘It is such dangerous territory. I got admitted to my first eating disorder [clinic] at the age of eight, and children going on this app is just so frightening and damaging.’
Rochelle seemed to agree as she noted as a mother of two daughters using an app seemed ‘extreme.’
Steve quickly countered that the app – which is not yet available in the UK – would help to combat the rise in childhood obesity, and benefit children by focusing on mindfulness and overall health.
Nikki quickly countered: ‘A child of eight years old doesn’t need to do mindfulness, they’re missing their childhood.’
Open: The reality star appeared on Friday’s This Morning for a heated debate about the controversial Weight Watchers app Kurbo, which is aimed at young people age 8 to 17
What is Kurbo?
Kurbo is a free app launched by Weight Watchers in the US, aimed at children aged 8 to 17.
The app allows users to document their eating, including a ‘traffic light’ system for various food.
Paid versions are available for $69 a year and offers access to regular coaching sessions.
It has been heavily criticised with many claiming it is promoting dangerous habits and eating disorders.
Rochelle agreed: ‘Having an app that a child is in control of, isn’t it our duty as a parent, it’s our job to educate our children.’
Steve then insisted that the app was aimed at the family unit, with coaching sessions offer similar education to what the children would receive at school.
Nikki then hit back: ‘It is making children obsess over foods and diet, they have enough education in the classroom on food and living – they don’t need to obsess.
‘It would have been so incredible dangerous. The long-term damage. It’s about children’s vital growth for them, their hormones their organs, they’re all going to be affected.’
Stars: It came as Rochelle Humes and Davina McCall once again teamed up to host This Morning, after delighting viewers with their first team-up last week
Davina – who suggested the app should be aimed at parents rather than teenagers – then touched on Nikki’s own battle with anorexia, having first met the star on Big Brother in 2006.
She explained: ‘It’s something that you do live with but you are in control, and I think that is why it is such a delicate ground because it is exacerbating eating disorders.’
Nikki has been incredible open about her struggles with anorexia, after first showing signs of the condition as a child.
Stylish: Rochelle put on a chic display in a simple khaki camisole top and tan leather skirt with buttoned detailing
Lovely: Meanwhile Davina oped for a chic green floral shirt dress as she presented the show
After first being admitted to an eating disorder unit at the age of eight, she was force-fed through a tube, and has caused long-term damage to her oesophagus from years of purging.
In 2011 Nikki suffered a relapse after reducing her daily intake to just 400 calories a day.
Friday’s This Morning saw Rochelle and Davina once again team up as hosts, after delighting viewers with their first presenting stint last week.
The pair couldn’t hide their delight as the weather forecast predicted sunshine for the Bank Holiday Weekend, after one of the wettest Augusts on record.
Busy: Later Davina displayed some culinary skills as she hosted a cooking segment on how to make French toast in the studio
Great: The pair first hosted This Morning together last week, and went down a storm with viewers
Exciting: Davina – herself a health and fitness icon – showed off her best culinary skills during the segment
Suave: Sherlock star Martin Freeman was also a guest on the daytime show, where he spoke about his role in the true crime drama A Confession
Smart: The Hobbit actor spoke about playing the real-life policeman Steve Fulcher and being able to regularly consult with him on the role