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I’ve been throwing up every day since I was 11 and it’s caused my teeth to fall out, but even that won’t stop me, admits Nicola McLean

GLAMOR model Nicola McLean has spent her life smiling in front of the camera.

But after throwing up every day since she was 11, she risked losing ALL her teeth.

Nicola McLean has a new smile after getting veneers to hide her eroded teeth

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Nicola McLean has a new smile after getting veneers to hide her eroded teeth

Nicola, now 40, still battles bulimia on a daily basis – and was desperately trying to hide her bottom row of teeth when they eroded.

After years of excitement, Nicola flew to Turkey last month for £5,000 surgery to get a full set of veneers so she can finally smile with confidence again.

“I throw up every day and have been for as long as I can remember,” Nicola told The Sun.

“Being sick is my reaction to whatever emotion I feel – whether I’m stressed or sad. My reaction is always to be sick.

“Bulimia is a form of self-loathing. It’s self-harming and horrible, but I’ve had it most of my life and it’s part of who I am now.

“I can’t imagine going more than a day without feeling sick. It’s almost like an uncontrollable habit.

Bulimia: the warning signs

Bulimia nervosa, often just bulimia for short, is a mental illness and eating disorder that affects an estimated 165,000 Britons.

People with bulimia often become obsessed with controlling their weight and severely restricting their food intake.

Sufferers tend to binge eat and then remove the food from their bodies by using laxatives or by making themselves ill.

Bulimic sufferers tend to be obsessed with food and eating, with an extremely critical attitude towards their weight and size.

Depression, anxiety and isolation are psychological symptoms, but there are physical warning signs as well.

After eating, sufferers can spend a long time in the bathroom looking red with scarred knuckles — from having fingers pressed down their throats.

As with all eating disorders, women are more likely to be affected than men, with women between the ages of 16 and 40 most likely to develop bulimia.

The Beat Eating Disorders Helpline is available 365 days a year from 9am to midnight on weekdays and from 4pm to midnight on weekends and holidays.

Nicola has always been insecure about her teeth

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Nicola has always been insecure about her teethCredit: This morning
Now she's had veneers done on the bottom row

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Now she’s had veneers done on the bottom row

“A lot of people don’t know that bulimia is an OCD. It involves many rituals.

“But what’s frustrating is they don’t take it seriously. If you tell anyone, they just say, ‘Just stop if it can do that to you’.

“People reject it, but eating disorders are a silent killer. It feels impossible to stop.”

Nicola began struggling with anorexia and bulimia at the age of 11 and was later diagnosed with body dysmorphia.

Despite being a healthy weight, Nicola battles her bulimia every day.

“I’m not doing this to be skinny. In fact, I’m a healthy weight,” explains Nicola.

“It makes it even harder to be taken seriously because people think it’s all about your weight.

“I’ve been fortunate to recover from anorexia, but I still have weight issues.

“When I look at myself in the mirror, I think my face is fat and ugly, but I have to tell myself that’s not what other people think.

“I’m well enough that I no longer have anorexic thoughts. I know I have to be there for the boys.

“The problem is that I’ve been getting sick for so long that the acid has eroded my teeth. I even lost a tooth recently.

“One dentist told me, ‘You’ll end up with no teeth’ if you keep going.

“When that happened, I was like, ‘I’ve got to bite the bullet’ and get veneers.”

Nicola spent seven hours having her teeth ground at Attelia Oral and Dental Health Center in Turkey last month.

But the mother-of-two was full of praise for the dentists who have helped her regain her confidence.

“I’m so happy with them,” said Nicola.

“I don’t have downstairs toilets in the living area of ​​my house because I hate seeing my own reflection.

“But ever since I got my teeth done, I keep running to the bathroom to look at them. You look fantastic.”

The Beat Eating Disorders Helpline is available 365 days a year from 9am to midnight on weekdays and from 4pm to midnight on weekends and holidays.

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