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Gemma Oaten opens up about eating disorders

The former Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten has revealed she was diagnosed with anerexia at the age of ten.

Gemma, who has recently bowed out of the soap as feisty Rachel Breckle, is speaking out to raise awareness of the condition during National Eating Disorders Week.

Gemma has since conquered the illness, which she says has blighted her life, and has become patron of the charity SEED, set up by her mum Marge to help fellow sufferers.

She started by telling John and Gaynor about her difficulty talking about her condition: