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The sportsman encouraged others to speak up.
Freddie opened up about his battle with bulimia (Picture: BBC)

Freddie Flintoff's documentary Living With Bulimia has left viewers devastated with the sport's star's raw and honest account of the eating disorder.

The Top Gear presenter honestly spoke about how being bulimic has affected his life, including his shame at being 'proud' of purging his food, and even now finding it hard to acknowledge the hold that it has on him.

Sparked by comments about his weight as a cricketer, Freddie was spurred on to continue throwing up his food when he started getting complimented on his weight loss.

He explained: 'Everyone was happy with me. My weight was coming down.

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'It was like: "I'm bossing this." It just carried on and I was doing it all the time.'

He admitted to hiding his actions from those around him, including team mates and family members, before finally telling his wife.

Learning about bulimia as a whole, Freddie was shocked to discover that it wasn't defined by being sick, and that there were other elements involved, including excessive exercise to burn off the calories he'd eaten.

His blunt outlook on the disorder showed how easy it was to take hold (Picture: BBC)

In a heartbreaking moment, he later spoke to family members of loved ones who have died from the disorder, with parents talking about losing their son, Laurence, from a heart attack as his body gave out.

Freddie also spoke to those currently in recovery, and the difficulty that he faced speaking up about it due to being a man.

Praised as 'one of the most important documentaries of the year', viewers were soon sending love his way to keep strong as he admitted he felt like he'd have bulimia forever.

After 10 minutes I can tell this is one of the most important programmes you will ever watch. Hard hitting, honest, emotional, and educational.#FreddieFlintoff #LivingWithBulimia — Adam Fare (@adamfare1996) September 28, 2020

Watching #FreddieFlintoff #LivingWithBulimia and already it's unflinching, raw, and honest. A must watch to understand how men are affected by eating disorders too. — Chris (@ChrisL_21) September 28, 2020

Feel so bad for #FreddieFlintoff, seems to still be in the stage of denial somewhat about his #EatingDisorder. I hope he can access the help he deserves.…
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