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Former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten admits she almost died four times during anorexia battle

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Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (5587703bi) Gemma Oaten 'Lorraine' TV show, London, Britain – 17 Feb 2016 Ahead of a new eating disorders campaign, Emmerdale Anorexia Survivor, former Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten and her mum (Marge) reveal how Gemma became anorexic aged 10.

Former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten has bravely opened up about her battle with anorexia, admitting she almost died four times.

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Sharing a series of snaps from the age of nine to the age of 22, the actress encouraged others to speak out about their mental health issues, telling her followers to be brave and be open.

She started the emotional post, “For 13 years anorexia took over my life and nearly took my life. It was a rollercoaster. Truly. One minute Id be fed up (literally) in hospital, a psychiatric unit or an eating disorders unit and the next Id lose the weight because my mind still wasnt fed properly…the issues I had were in my state of mental health.

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For #mentalhealthawarenessday I'm sharing these pictures. Picture 1 – Me at the age of 9 and then 10. Picture 2 – me at age 18 and then 19. Picture 3 – me at 22. For 13 years anorexia took over my life and nearly took my life. It was a rollercoaster. Truly. One minute I'd be fed up (literally) in hospital, a psychiatric unit or an eating disorders unit and the next I'd lose the weight because my mind still wasn't fed properly…the issues I had were in my state of mental health. Anorexia was my control, my comfort, my escape… Or so I thought. No problem we have mentally is ever resolved unless we talk and feel it. I spent my teens in and out of these units and hospitals. But it wasn't until I found a way of being able to talk and address that I truly began to get better. I nearly died 4 times… That's the power mental health has when it's goes wrong. I was unsure whether to share the photos but they are mild in terms of how truly ill I was, I don't think I could ever show those ones. It's too disturbing, for me and others. My point is, I'm not ashamed of my past struggles. They moulded the woman I am today in so many ways. I wish I had spoke out sooner and had the correct help I needed but that was then and this is now… Conversations are happening and it makes me so happy and proud that we now know openly… It's OK to not be OK. It's OK, we're not perfect, and why would we want to be? Who defines that? All I hope to achieve by sharing this post is that you look at picture 4, me now, and see recovery is possible…however, I'll be totally honest, I still battle with my mental health in the form of anxiety, but the difference is I talk about it and feel in control. Talk, be brave, be open. One day I may tell the full story. Don't be blinkered by this image of flawless social media… Know that everyone you meet has their own battles. One day I may tell of mine the past year and what I've had to face, but what I want you to see is that by talking, by addressing, by unashamedly you, you can get through. #mentalhealthawareness #bekindtoyou #worldmentalhealthday #eatingdisordersawareness #itsoktonotbeok ❤

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“Anorexia was my control, my comfort, my escape… Or so I thought. No problem we have mentally is ever resolved unless we talk and feel it. I spent my teens in and out of these units and hospitals. But it wasnt until I found a way of being able to talk and address that I truly began to get better. I nearly died 4 times…”

“Thats the power mental health has when its goes wrong. I was unsure whether to share the photos but they are mild in terms of how truly ill I was, I dont think I could ever show those ones. Its too disturbing, for me and others.”

The 34-year-old then revealed its too disturbing to share photos from her lowest moments, but is no longer ashamed to admit she needed help.

“I wish I had spoke out sooner and had the correct help I needed but that was then and this is now,” she continued. “All I hope to achieve by sharing this post is that you look at picture 4, me now, and see recovery is possible…”

Revealing she still battles with mental health issues now, the star- who played Rachel Breckle in Emmerdale between 2011 and 2015 – added, “The difference is now I talk about it and feel in control.

“One day I may tell the full story. Dont be blinkered by this image of flawless social media… Know that everyone you meet has their own battles. One day I may tell of mine the past year and what Ive had to face, but what I want you to see is that by talking, by addressing, by unashamedly you, you can get through.”

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So it finally happened… First day back training with my champ @kingcobrachris ! And @ruby_schnoodle_tuesday_ of course! I haven't worked out properly in months as been so busy (but also scared to knowing I'd let the training slip!) I'm not where I once was but I know with Christian, he'll get me back fighting fit and hold my sweaty hand along the way! Starting to realise, it's OK to not be six pack sister all the time or toned bum Betsy… It's OK to let it go a little. What matters is how you feel. But for me, time to get in action… No looking back now, no more excuses. I am back! (I'm aware ruby and I match… Not intentional… But super cute/sad 😂🙈) loving my @panachesport top, we're twins Ruby! 🤣we love you champ! #personaltrainer #pt #toning #wellbeing #puppylove #fitness #actress #fulham

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The stars followers were brought to tears after reading the candid post, as one wrote, “You are a true star for sharing 💖.”

“Well done for sharing Gem you are beautiful inside and out 💖💖 picture 4 is insane 😍😍 xx love u xx,” said another.

While a third added, “your story made me cry your such an inspirational woman I am so proud of you Gemma ♥♥♥

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