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AGT's Jackie Evancho, 22, Reveals She Has Osteoporosis From Her Eating Disorder

AGT's Jackie Evancho, 22, Reveals She Has Osteoporosis From Her Eating Disorder

America’s Got Talent alum Jackie Evancho is opening up about her battle with anorexia and revealed her journey to get help.

The 22-year-old singer, who placed second on AGT back in 2010, says she suffered from an eating disorder for 7 years, and knew she needed to get help after a January 2021 car accident.

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After a car accident that broke her back in two places, she made the realization.

“They were abnormal breaks, breaks that you see in 80-year-olds,” Jackie told People. “That’s how I learned that my eating problems created osteoporosis. So now I’m a 22-year-old with osteoporosis.”

“I had to eat [for my bones] to heal, and that really messed me up with my eating problems, because I was gaining weight to heal,” she said. “Once I finally healed, my disorder said, ‘OK, now you’ve got to be really hard on yourself to get all of that out of you…and then some.’”

She got treatment back in October 2021 at an inpatient facility.

Her disorder began at age 15, she recalls, “I noticed that I looked a little bigger to myself, so I asked my mom, ‘Do I look fat?’ And she was like, ‘No, no, that’s just baby fat.’ So I decided that I was going to start to mildly diet and start working out regularly.”

She said that she wasn’t seeing results, adding, “When I started to go days without eating, in my head I said, ‘I know that this isn’t normal,’” she said. “I felt exhausted, moody, tearful, but after a bit of time, I started to feel nothing.”

As for how she is doing today, she said, “I’m still struggling, but I’m fighting, which is good because a year ago I was giving in to it completely, and that’s so dark and painful. I’m not healthy yet, but I have been able to implement healthy coping skills and better eating habits.”

She added, “There are still issues, but they are so much better. There are days where I feel helpless and hopeless, but I’m sick of living like this.”

Jackie previously spoke out about her eating disorder in 2019.

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