Christine McGuinness on hereditary autism in her family

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Christine McGuinness, wife of comedian and presenter Paddy McGuinness, has bravely spoken up about her past with anorexia. The celebrity has also revealed the moment that acted as a “wake up call” for her when she was battling the eating disorder.

In her new tell-all book Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare, the Merseyside model discussed the moment where everything changed. 

She wrote: “My struggle to eat has stayed with me throughout my life, and when I’m stressed now, eating is the last thing on my mind. 

“Worryingly, it became a regular thing for me to faint. I fainted all throughout my teenage years and my twenties. My husband has called an ambulance out for me a few times.

“Even during lockdown, I fainted and had to explain to the paramedics that I just hadn’t eaten for a while. 

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“The real wake-up call was when I collapsed when I was alone with the twins. It’s something I’ll never forgive myself for,” she admitted in her new autobiography, published by Mirror Books

Christine, 33, continued to explain how she felt “ashamed” at the incident because she felt it was her responsibility to stay well for the sake of her children. 

“I knew what had happened, as it wasn’t uncommon to pass out, but this time was worse because it was the first time it happened while I was on my own with the children.

“It solidified in my mind that I just couldn’t ever let that happen again. It upsets me just thinking about it, and I’m ashamed of it. I’ve got to make sure I stay healthy for the kids.”

Christine confirmed that she had severe anorexia from a young age, refusing to eat a single meal in high school and feeling socially isolated as a result.

The star recalled how her issues with food added “another dimension” to her feelings of alienation at school.

She also remembered being very “fussy” with food, which is part of what led to her skipping school meals in the first place. 

She added that just queuing up in the dining hall to get the food or choosing where to sit “gave her anxiety”. 

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Christine went on to explain how her husband Paddy, 48, did everything he could to help her get over her aversions to food. 

When the pair were struggling to conceive due to Christine being so thin, Paddy would give her food in “dribs and drabs” so that she wouldn’t notice too much. 

At the time Christine was told she had polycystic ovary syndrome, which means she wasn’t ovulating. 

Now the couple share twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and five-year-old daughter Felicity. 

Christine and Paddy tied the knot back in 2011 and the former Miss Liverpool gave birth two years later. 

Paddy was probably most famous for his long-running stint as a presenter on ITV dating show Take Me Out, which ran for 10 years between 2010 and 2020.

He now presents Top Gear alongside co-presenters Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff.

You can talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.

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