Nikki Grahame had a BMI of just 10 when she died, her mother reveals

The mother of the late Big Brother star Nikki Grahame said her daughter had a BMI of 10 and was so “pathetic” she couldn’t walk up the stairs when she died aged 38 battling an eating disorder.

The TV personality appeared in the seventh season of the reality show in 2006 and despite finishing fifth, became one of its most famous contestants.

She later spoke publicly about how she contracted anorexia as a child and struggled with the disease throughout her life, spending time in the hospital on several occasions.

Ahead of the first anniversary of her death on April 9, her mother Sue Grahame told BBC Breakfast that her daughter showed signs of an eating disorder at the age of eight when she refused to sit down in a restaurant on Mother’s Day.


Nikki Grahame developed anorexia as a child (Ian West/PA)

Ms Grahame said: “That was the beginning. And from there all I noticed was that she was very withdrawn and just going into decline.

“I didn’t know it was going to be a 32-year journey.”

She said she watched her daughter being unable to climb the stairs, resorting to her hands and knees, and recalled trying to hold her head back to hold food in hers at one particularly challenging moment to put mouth.

Ms Grahame said the situation became more difficult as her daughter grew up and she had no say in her medical care.

She said: “It was always a struggle. But at least when she was a kid, I had some input. Once she’s grown up, they can’t even look at you. They don’t even make eye contact, it’s none of our business.”

video of the day

Recalling the day she died, Ms Grahame said her daughter had a BMI of just 10.

Doctors see a healthy BMI for women between 18.5 and 24.9.

She said: “She was discharged from the hospital. She came down to see me, collapsed and was rushed to the local hospital in Dorset, where she stayed for two weeks.

“She had a BMI of 10, she was pathetic and I went there every day to shower her, dress her, sit with her at meals to relieve the nurses, it wasn’t a special unit.


Nikki Grahame with her mother Sue pictured in 2009 (PA)

“Nikki managed to convince them that if I go home I’ll be fine, I’ll go back to the clinic on Monday,” but they had already said we can’t have you because you don’t have stairs and so they let her home and she died that night.

“But she called me at 2:30 in the morning and said ‘Hello Mom’, she was normal, she usually did that when she was drunk. She said, “I managed to get to the loo,” she had ordered a walker so she could get to the loo.

“I said, ‘Well done darling, that’s the way, just write down one thing each day that was positive today. You’ll make it, there’s no rush’.

“She said ‘Mom, I’m so tired’. So I said, ‘Go to sleep darling. I’ll call you in the morning and she died.”

Ms Grahame said she remains glad her daughter took part in Big Brother and that Nikki has never had any regrets about being on the show.

She told Breakfast: “She has previously said in interviews that Big Brother saved her life because I think that was the healthiest and happiest she had been in those years.

“I think when she got voted out she thought everybody hated her, she always had this low self esteem.

“When the doors opened and she heard the cheering, it was real, her tears.

“She was shocked because Nikki never understood. She said, “I don’t get it, I don’t know why people behave like this.” She never realized her worth.

“I know her dream was to be Big Brother and I’m really glad she did it because I felt like she deserved it. Because she lost her childhood and I thought, ‘You should have this. This is yours’.”

Grahame is the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary to coincide with the anniversary of her death. Nikki Grahame had a BMI of just 10 when she died, her mother reveals

Fry Electronics Team

Fry is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button