Nikki Grahame’s mom shares the heartbreaking ways the Big Brother star hides anorexia

A new Channel 4 documentary coming this week will look back at the life of Big Brother legend Nikki Grahame, who tragically died aged 38 last year after a long battle with anorexia

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Loose Women: Nikki Grahame’s mom on how she hid her illness

Nikki Grahame’s mother Sue detailed the heartbreaking ways her late daughter hid her battle with anorexia, describing her as an “expert” at concealing the illness. evil.

The Big Brother star, who rose to fame on the 2006 reality TV show, passed away last April at the age of 38 after a long battle with his eating habits.

Nikki was found unconscious at her home after she was discharged from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester less than a day earlier, with mother Sue “begging to come home with her”.

Speaking on Loose Women ahead of a new Channel 4 documentary about Nikki’s life, her mother Sue recounted how she lost the amount of facilities her daughter went to after she developed an eating disorder at the age of 8.

Sue sat on the ITV studio with panelists Jane Moore, Frankie Bridge, Nadia Sawalha and Sunetra Sarker and talked about how difficult it was to get medical recognition about Nikki’s illness at such a young age.

Sue appeared on Loose Women ahead of new Channel 4 documentary about Nikki’s life



Panellist Frankie asked: “Do you think the outcome would be different if it were more widely known to someone her age?”

That might be the case for many girls, says Sue, but says that after much soul searching, she feels that “in a way, this is Nikki’s way”.

She explained: “When I took her to the doctor, he said it was an old-fashioned way of eating. That’s where the real battle begins, trying to get people to see what’s going on. ”

She continued: “I think Nikki is an expert. Here’s what I found out from day one.

Nikki with Susan’s mother shortly before her death



“She knows all about the disease: how to put on baggy clothes, how to put food in her socks, in her pocket, and go out for a walk to get her meal.

“To this day, I think it must be her, because we don’t have a phone. It’s not something she can Google. ”

Sunetra notes that Nikki is “well-versed in the art” of having an eating disorder and keeping it away from others.

Sue continued: “When Nikki was fine, she was great, but she was always a little bit troubled, always conscious of what she was eating and this terrible disease was under control.”

Sue talks about how difficult it is to get medical recognition of Nikki’s illness at such a young age.



Host Jane noted that a doctor at Great Ormond Street Hospital said Sue Nikki’s case of anorexia was the worst he had ever seen.

A year after her tragic death, Channel 4 will air a new documentary titled Nikki Grahame: Who Was She?

Taking its name from her most iconic quote in the Big Brother house, the show will look back at Nikki’s life and career as she became one of the UK’s most beloved reality stars.

After developing an eating disorder at the age of 8, her mother said being on Big Brother was the highlight of her life because it meant she finally felt accepted.

Nikki Grahame: Who is she? will air at 9pm on Thursday, April 7 on channel 4

* For help and support with eating disorders, contact Beat Eat Disorders on 0808 801 0677.

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