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Strictly Come Dancing's Dianne Buswell 'nearly gave up' career

Strictly's Dianne Buswell offered insight into her health condition

By Web Desk
March 05, 2024
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Strictly Come Dancing star Dianne Buswell recently revealed that she nearly abandoned her career due to the effects of an eating disorder.

Speaking about her battle with Bulimia on This Morning on Tuesday, the professional dancer noted: "I think when it starts to consume your life and you wake up in the morning and wonder what will I eat, what calories will be in it, and how much exercise will I need to do to burn it off, that’s when you realise it’s a problem…when you’re not thinking about anything else but that."

The 34-year-old almost broke down while conversing with hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle.

Buswell, who joined the BBC series back in 2017 after performing on Dancing with the Stars in Australia, reflected on her journey.

According to Dianne, "It comes from when I was a young girl.”

She went on to comment on deep-rooted problems present in the society, adding: "Growing up in the dance world you feel like you have to look a certain way. I also went on to dance in dance companies and had a weekly weigh in and that was terrifying."

The dancer made a shocking revelation about her career following her eating disorder.

She shared that the disorder got to a point where Buswell "didn’t want to dance anymore and didn’t want to go on stage."

She recalled instances from the time when her "energy went away" and had "nothing to give on the dance floor."

"I wasn’t sure if my body could get through an hour show."

"I kept telling myself to keep going but there was a breaking point where my body physically couldn’t do it anymore," she explained.

After suffering from spells of exhaustion, Dianne finally sought help, making her way to Strictly shortly after.

Dianne shared her bulimic experience in the book, Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate, with the intention of serving as a lending hand to people going through similar struggles.