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    Michelle Duggar battled bulimia as a teen, PEOPLE has learned.


    The mom of 19 shared her struggle with her daughters for their upcoming book. Theoldest daughters of the Duggar clan andTLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Countingshare their insights on their family and beliefs in their new book Growing Up Duggarhitting stores on March 4.


    "On the outside, Marie had what everyone else wanted, but on the inside, she felt sad and empty," Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20, write initially disguising their mother as a teenager named Marie before revealing her identity.


    "She began to envy the girl who tried to control her weight through what turned out to be a destructive eating disorder. Not realizing how dangerous it was, Marie thought it might work for her, and soon her obsession to stay thin started controlling her life."


    Teenage Struggle for Self-Acceptance

    The sisters go on to write about how their mother's "teenage struggle for self-acceptance led her into some difficult emotional times and a very destructive habit that could have destroyed her health."


    "I have been open with my struggles with the kids before," Michelle, 47, who is married to Jim Bob, 48, tells PEOPLE. "We talk about how God has brought us out of different things along life's way. When the girls were writing their book, they brought this up and I thought, if my sharing it is going to help another young lady, then I want to share it."


    Michelle, who attended public school, says that both cheerleading and gymnastics would take up at least three hours or more of her day, but she still found it hard to keep the weight off.


    "I found out that genetically I could put on weight easily, but with my activities, gymnastics and cheerleading, it was important for me not to," she says. "I would look around and compare myself to my friends, saying, 'oh my, she's so small,' or 'she has such skinny legs.' "


    She says the idea that she had to look a certain way and be a certain size to feel worthy created a terrible internal struggle for her. She began to force herself to throw up whenever she'd eaten more calories than she thought she should, or indulged in sweets.


    "I didn't tell any of my friends what I was going through," she says of the habit that began when she was 14 years old. "I was doing it sometimes on a daily basis, or sometimes I would go a week. I felt this was the answer to my problems."


    Told Jim Bob Her Secret

    But when she met Jim Bob and they began dating when she was 16, she felt she had to tell him her secret.


    "The freedom came when I talked about it," she says. "I met Jim Bob and he and I were in a dating relationship and I loved this guy and wanted to marry him. We were talking future together and I remember that I felt like I had to tell him everything, everything about myself. You can't keep secrets from the man you want to share your life with. I shared this struggle with him and he said he would help me and help keep me accountable."


    The couple went on a sweets-fast together and Michelle would call Jim Bob whenever she felt the urge to make herself throw up. The two married on July 21, 1984, when she was 17 and he was 19.


    "Every time I was struggling, I would tell him," she says. "It was a hard time for me. But it was at that point in our relationship, it built a solid foundation for us. There are tough things in life you walk through together. I began to tell him, 'I have to have strong accountability for this.' I was set free."


    Though the first six months were the hardest, Michelle says the thoughts would come and go through the years.


    "I would call him," she says. "He told me to call him anytime. I just know that I would be tempted and I would have the crazy thought that I wanted to throw up, not hold onto the calories. Thank God it didn't go on longer than it did or I could have done horrible damage to my body."

    Healthy Today

    Michelle says that today she is healthy and often points to Weight Watchers, and their methods of accountability, to maintaining weight in a healthy way.


    "That solid accountability with another human being, a deep love and strong focus, was where I found freedom," she says. "I was willing to be accountable before God and man. But the struggle was still there. That accountability was powerful."


    The Duggars, of Tonitown, Ark. also are parents to Josh, 25 – who is married to Anna, 25, and has daughter Mackynzie, 4, and sons Michael, 2, and Marcus, 8 months – John-David, 24; Joseph, 19; Josiah, 17; Joy-Anna, 16; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 15; Jason, 13; James, 12; Justin, 11; Jackson, 9; Johanna, 8; Jennifer, 6; and Jordyn, 5, and Josie, 4, (who was born prematurely.) The new season of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting premieres on April 1 at 9 p.m.

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    Thats a shame, swallowing needed to be something she perfected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Quotes View Post
    Thats a shame, swallowing needed to be something she perfected.
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    so is she on number 20 yet?
    another year i claim of total indifference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Quotes View Post
    Thats a shame, swallowing needed to be something she perfected.
    Oh God!!!! I read the thread title and rushed to click in wait of the brilliance that would come in the responses. Air Quotes, you knocked me out on the first reply!!! That's the hardest I've laughed in days.
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    So she can't have more kids so we get this non news?

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    I want to be sympathetic, but I can't be. Seeing what she does to her oldest daughters, she doesn't deserve it.

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    Air Quotes, this one is for you, baby!

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    Duggar Daughters Have Code Word To Alert Brothers Of Immodest Women




    The four eldest Duggar daughters write in Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships about modesty.
    “We do not dress modestly because we are ashamed of the body God has given us; quite the contrary. We realize that our body is a special gift from God and that He intends for it to be shared only with our future husband,” said the four adult daughters. “We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping, or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt. We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hand when we bend over. We don’t want to play the peekaboo game with our neckline.”


    The girls said they also use “Nike” as a code word to warn their 10 brothers and dad about an immodestly dressed woman.


    “That’s a signal to the boys, and even to Dad, that they should nonchalantly drop their eyes and look down at their shoes as we walk past her,” the girls explained. “It’s meant to help keep the guys’ eyes from seeing things they shouldn’t be seeing. By using the single-word signal, the warning can be given quietly and discreetly.”


    “She had no idea that dancing around in a short skirt in front of a bunch of boys was causing many of them to think sensual thoughts about her and the other cheerleaders,” daughters Jill, Jana, Jessa and Jinger wrote of their mom’s high-school days. “She also used to go to school dances but stopped participating when God convicted her that dancing stirred up a lot of sensual desires in young men and women that could not be righteously fulfilled.”


    The Duggar girls — who refrain from dancing and revealing shoulders or upper legs — praised Michelle for quitting the cheerleading team when she found God in the middle of her senior year.


    “A lot of people didn’t understand why she would choose to give up one of the most coveted positions in the high school, but that was where she felt God was leading her,” the girls said of their mom, who was then known by maiden name Michelle Ruark. They added she was rewarded around the same time by meeting Jim Bob Duggar, whom she married a three months after graduation.


    Michelle Duggar, the matriarch from 19 Kids and Counting, revealed she struggled with bulimia during high school and the early stages of her relationship with Jim Bob Duggar.


    “I found out that genetically I could put on weight easily, but with my activities, gymnastics and cheerleading, it was important for me not to,” Michelle told People about the impetus of her eating disorder, which she said began at the age of 14. “I would look around and compare myself to my friends, saying, ‘oh my, she’s so small,’ or ‘she has such skinny legs.”


    Michelle said the pressure to look a certain way led her to purge whenever she ate more calories than “acceptable” or indulged in sweets.


    “I was doing it sometimes on a daily basis, or sometimes I would go a week,” Michelle said about throwing up. “I felt this was the answer to my problems.”


    Michelle was still struggling with the eating disorder when she met Jim Bob Duggar at the age of 16. She said he was the first person she opened up to about her harmful habits.


    “I shared this struggle with him and he said he would help me and help keep me accountable,” Michelle said, explaining he encouraged her to call whenever she felt the urge to throw up. “I just know that I would be tempted and I would have the crazy thought that I wanted to throw up, not hold onto the calories. Thank God it didn’t go on longer than it did or I could have done horrible damage to my body.”


    As Michelle and Jim Bob went on to raise a (extra large) family, Michelle never hid her history with low self-esteem from her nine daughters. But, she only agreed to speak publicly about her experience for the sake of her eldest daughters’ upcoming book, Growing Up Duggar.


    “When the girls were writing their book, they brought this up and I thought, if my sharing it is going to help another young lady, then I want to share it.”


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    The hair, they'll definitely end up marrying some closeted pervy creep Just like their mother
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    The girls said they also use “Nike” as a code word to warn their 10 brothers and dad about an immodestly dressed woman.


    “That’s a signal to the boys, and even to Dad, that they should nonchalantly drop their eyes and look down at their shoes as we walk past her,” the girls explained. “It’s meant to help keep the guys’ eyes from seeing things they shouldn’t be seeing. By using the single-word signal, the warning can be given quietly and discreetly.”
    I'd soooooo want to say "Nike" to them as they were approaching a lamppost or hydrant and then watch them walk into it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    I'd soooooo want to say "Nike" to them as they were approaching a lamppost or hydrant and then watch them walk into it....
    Hell, I want to walk by those girls and say "Nike" to my son loud enough for them to hear, while looking at them disapprovingly.
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    Something tells me they are going to have to change their code word.

    I just wonder... Why Nike?

    Nine boys still living at home now that JB Jr has moved out to start his own tribe. That's more jizz stains than I want to deal with cleaning up after too. "Nike!"
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