Andrew Flintoff still battling bulimia 8 years after going public with disorder

Andrew “Freddie” ­Flintoff is still battling bulimia – eight years after going public with the eating disorder.

The Top Gear host said while he feels “in control” and has a “coping mechanism” to live with the condition, he has struggled with it as ­recently as this year.

The former England cricket ­captain told a BBC documentary: “I probably should get help.

“I know it’s a problem and I know it needs addressing.”

He revealed it first surfaced in the early days of his cricket career when he was hammered for his weight.

In the programme, Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia, the dad of four spoke to other men seeking help and the family of one who died of a heart attack caused by it.

Of the condition – which involves sufferers binge-eating then taking laxatives or making themselves sick – the 42-year-old admitted: “I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed the results.”

"I don’t know whether it’s just being a bloke.

"You feel you should be able to stop it.’’

Though he mostly manages to avoid the urge to make himself sick after eating, Freddie added: “I’ve had periods when I’ve done it this year.’’

He confessed to hiding the true scale of the problem from wife Rachael, 42, saying he, `lied a few times’.

"If I didn’t do it I didn’t feel good about myself,’’ he said.

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Flintoff revealed he was bulimic in 2012 while filming a documentary showing him training to be a boxer.

The show reveals one in four people with bulimia are male but 60% do not seek help.

He said that interviewing Pam Nugent, whose son Laurence, 24, died in 2009, made him question how to deal with his own issues.

Freddie added: “I don’t want to be a statistic – something that’s read about in years to come.”

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