Mel C Says Being in the Spice Girls Led to Her Eating Disorder 

Mel C has gotten very candid in recent days about her wild and tumultuous time in the Spice Girls. Last month, she revealed that bullying occurred within the group and now she’s sharing that the time she spent as part of the British five-piece group was the catalyst for an eating disorder.

“I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder,” she told BBC Good Food. “I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image.”

Mel said that she tried everything to try and get her eating disorder under control, but it was with sports (which is ironic considering her nickname in the group was “Sporty Spice”) that she finally found a solution.

“I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better – I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture. Sport became really important to me too,” she stated.

The songstress also admitted that she wasn’t paying much attention to her diet in her younger years. When she did start to learn about nutrition and apply it, she said it had real effects in her daily life.

I love to be physically fit and, obviously, to really push yourself, you have to make sure you eat the right things,” she continued. “I like to think I have a healthy relationship with food now, and I love to cook. We’re so much more aware of nutrition nowadays. When I was a teenager, I didn’t know the difference between a protein and a carb. We need to get back to realizing that we are what we eat.”