Mel C reveals motherhood helped cure her depression and eating disorder

Melanie Chisholm aka Mel C has revealed having her daughter, Scarlet has helped her to feel free of the eating disorder and depression she suffered with after years of pressure with the Spice Girls.

The 38-year-old mum-of-one told the Mirror how she was prescribed anti-depressants for 18 months and took part in counselling and five element acupuncture when she was diagnosed with depression.

Mel explains that the stress of becoming famous with the Spice Girls led her into an "unhealthy relationship with food and exercise".

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She admits she cut out a lot of food groups, eating very little and exercising a lot, which she believes then led to depression when her body came "crashing down" after living on adrenaline for years.

Mel, who now lives with her partner Thomas Starr and three-year-old Scarlet in North London, went to see her doctor after struggling to get out of bed on a break with her family on millennium eve.

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Gradually, Mel recovered and after a couple of years of medication was eating properly again.

When she became pregnant with Scarlet in 2008, Mel said it was a "fresh start" and the "last piece of the jigsaw puzzle" that enabled her to focus on being healthy for her unborn child.

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She became more comfortable around food and gained three-and-a-half stone, which she found "liberating". She lost her baby weight slowly and received extra support from health visitors because of her history with depression

Mel now has "never felt better" and weighs around nine-and-a-half stone, which she says is a "good healthy weight" for her height, 5ft 6in.

She added:  "Having Scarlet has given me the confidence to say I'm totally cured of any depression or eating disorder and I can't tell you how great that makes me feel."

We're glad to hear it Mel.