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Years of crash diets left me infertile, says reality TV star Chantelle Houghton

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Published on 20 Jul. 2011 12:39 AM IST
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Chantelle, seen here last month, says she was ‘obsessed’ with crash diets.
A reality TV star has told how the pressure to stay slim has left her infertile at 27.
Chantelle Houghton, winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, said doctors have informed her she will never be able to conceive naturally because of her extreme eating patterns.
She was the first ‘non-celebrity’ to feature in the Channel 4 reality TV show and found her showbusiness lifestyle after her appearance difficult.
Miss Houghton said: ‘I’ve punished my body, and now it’s punishing me. Ultimately it’s my fault. I hate myself and can never forgive myself’.
‘Because of my obsession with food and my crash dieting when I had bulimia, I’ve ruined my chances of having a baby naturally’.
‘All the time I was making myself sick, I was thinking: “Yes, I’m getting skinnier. I thought I was winning, but I was losing. It’s cost me the chance of a family.’
Miss Houghton has told how she struggled with bulimia from the age of 14.
At one point, she revealed that she drank up to eight 1.5 litre bottles of water a day to fill her stomach and that her periods once stopped for a year.
In the wake of her split from musician husband Samuel Preston in 2007, the 5ft7in star’s weight plummeted to just eight stone.
Later, in 2009, she admitted: ‘It’s a constant battle with my weight, and I’ll always have an issue with it’.
But Miss Houghton has only recently been told of the damage she was doing to her body after going to the doctor complaining of stomach pain.
She told Heat magazine that she visited fertility expert Dr Amin Gorgy.
Miss Houghton hopes her experience will warn other women of the effect that eating disorders and extreme dieting can have on their fertility.
The revelation of the damage Miss Houghton’s extreme eating habits have done to her body comes just days after it emerged that ‘aquaholic’ Nigella Lawson has been warned repeatedly about the health risks of her excessive water drinking by family doctor Peter Wheeler.




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