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Home and Away’s Lynne McGranger has revealed she suffered an eating disorder in her new biography

''I now know that it was a form of bulimia but there was no name for it back then.''

By Faye Couros
This article deals with eating disorders. If you are affected by any of the issues raised, call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636. You can also call The Butterfly Foundation's national helpline on 1800 33 4673 or visit their website
Lynne McGranger is one of Home and Away's most beloved and staple performers, and she has finally released her autobiography.
In her memoir entitled Acting Up – Me, Myself and Irene,, the 68-year-old has shared some startling revelations, including that she previously had an eating disorder.
It's the first time she has talked about the experience she struggled with from the age of 15 to 28.
"I had a form of bulimia where you binge, and instead of vomiting, you take laxatives," she told the Daily Telegraph.
"It seemed like a good idea at the time. I now know that it was a form of bulimia, but there was no name for it back then."
Lynne, who plays Irene Robert on Home and Away joined the cast when she was 39, and alleged that in her early years on the show, a lot of pressure was placed on the young actors to look a certain way.
However, she pointed out that this old school take on beauty is no longer a prominent issue.
"Certainly, when I first started on the show, young girls would get pulled aside and told they were stacking on the weight a bit, and they better do something. Things are very different now," she said.
Lynne with her supportive friend and co-star Ada Nicodemou. Instagram
Lynne also told the publication that back in the day, she had a keen interest in marijuana.
However, considering those times, it's somewhat unsurprising Lynne was a little bit of a hippie.
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"It will be totally scandalous, and it was not a bit (of marijuana)," she said. "I smoked a lot of dope.
"I just loved it. I would smoke joints, it was the addiction to tobacco because as soon as that went, it was like rolling up a dog turd, it was horrible. Since then, I have come across the odd (hash) cookie, but I'm not going to go there."
Of course, she assured fans that she never filmed a scene for soap while high, but that doesn't mean she hasn't performed under the influence before.
"Having said that, I have done theatre stuff stoned, but not Home and Away," she said. "I didn't drink, you see, so that was my wine."
"I have done theatre stuff stoned, but not Home and Away." Instagram
You can pre-order a copy of Acting Up – Me, Myself and Irene for November 2 from Booktopia here.
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636. You can also call The Butterfly Foundation's national helpline on 1800 33 4673 or visit their website.

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