Nikki Grahame looks ‘painfully thin’ after surgery sparked by anorexia battle

Nikki Grahame has sparked concerns about her health after appearing "painfully skinny" at a recent showbiz party.

The Big Brother star, who shot to fame in 2006 with her outrageous personality inside the house, was said by onlookers to look "frail" and shockingly thin when she turned up to the Spice Girls exhibition at the on July 27.

Nikki battled anorexia as a child and first starting showing signs of the condition at the age of eight.

She had to be fed through a tube for two years and caused irreparable damage to her oesophagus from throwing up her food and ‘purging’.

The now-36-year-old never had a period because of her low body fat, and suffers from osteoporosis resulting in broken bones if she’s hugged too hard – but appeared to be on the mend after writing a book about her struggle.

In 2011, Nikki relapsed after years of recovery and cut her daily intake to 400 calories – a healthy adult woman is advised to eat between 1,800 and 2,000 a day.

At the time she said she felt like a "failure" for having beaten the disease only for it to rear up again.

"Now it’s completely controlling me," she said.

Luckily, after receiving medical help, Nikki was able to recover once again and seemed to be doing much better.

But sadly the illness hasn’t quite lost its grip on the star as she’s recently had to undergo an operation after developing a stomach ulcer caused by years of disordered eating.

Nikki’s rep revealed: "Nikki’s been having complications with a stomach ulcer caused by her childhood anorexia, which has temporarily affected how much food she can consume.

Pictures of her taken last month had worried onlookers, who told Now magazine they were worried about Nikki’s health.

"I hadn’t realised it was Nikki Grahame when I first saw her. She looked painfully skinny, especially her back and arms, and thinking about her past dealing with anorexia, I was very worried for her," said one.

Another confessed: "I was shocked and saddened at how frail Nikki looked. I know she has always been slim but this has to be at her tiniest – I hope she’s OK."

But her rep said: "Because of Nikki’s petite frame, the slightest change in her weight can look very noticeable, but rest assured she is happy and healthy."

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