Eminem: 'My addiction caused weight gain - I was constantly eating'
Rapper Eminem has revealed that an addiction to prescription medication caused him to gain a significant amount of weight.
At his heaviest, the 'Lose Yourself' superstar weighed around 230lbs and he confessed to Men's Journal magazine that he would just eat and eat to stop his stomach from hurting:
"In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating -- and eating badly."
He went onto add that he was able to turn his addiction to pills into an addiction to running and was able to shift the pounds: "It's easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that's good for them. I got an addict's brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away."
"I became a f***ing hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I'd come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds."
"I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors."
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