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Kesha undergoes eating disorder treatment for both bulimia and anorexia

Ke$sha talks about her eating disorder.
Ke$sha talks about her eating disorder.
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Kesha's struggle with an eating disorder caused so much stress for her mother, Pebe Sebert, that now she needs help as well. For that reason, Pebe is reuniting with her daughter (better known as Ke$sha) in a Chicago-area rehab center, reported People magazine on Jan. 11. In addition, Pebe has revealed more details about Ke$ha's condition, which she says involves both anorexia and bulimia.

"I'm checking myself into Timberline Knolls today for post-traumatic stress disorder, at Ke$ha's urging," revealed Pebe.

Her stress levels escalated from concern about her daughter, who has been at a rehab center since Jan. 3. At that time, Ke$ha stated that she was "seeking treatment for my eating disorder ... to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."

Pebe blames Ke$ha's producer, Dr. Luke, for pressuring her daughter to lose weight. She says that he called Ke$ha "refrigerator." Dr. Luke has denied the accusations.

However, Radar Online reported on Jan. 11 that Dr. Luke is not the only one that Pebe's blaming.

"It wasn’t just Luke. She had an advisor who told her he had a meeting with a record company and they said she better lose 15 pounds in the next 30 days," said Pebe.

"He told her he didn't care if she shoved her hand down her throat or took illegal drugs, but she had to lose the weight," she added about her daughter's path to what reportedly involves both anorexia and bulimia.

“Everybody in the industry has thrown up! Ke$ha’s been in the bathroom with other celebrities throwing up!” Pebe said.

After dieting and exercising, Ke$ha became extremely thin - but not enough for her producer, says Pebe, who became concerned about her daughter's extreme weight loss and desire to continue to shed pounds. And the pressure from her producer exacerbated the situation.

"Luke told her she wasn’t thin enough and needed a trainer, but I couldn’t afford a trainer as a single mom. She came home a month or two later so skinny,” Pebe recalled.

And after talking with her daughter, Pebe finally got her to admit that in addition to her anorexic condition, Ke$ha had been suffering from bouts of bulimia "pretty much on a daily basis since two months after she signed with Luke.”

When the singer entered rehab, she talked about the price that she paid for bulimia.

"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," she said.

"I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment."

The treatment reportedly is taking place at Timberline Knolls, where Demi Lovato went for rehab as well.

Eating disorders can be life-threatening, say experts, in particular anorexia and bulimia:

  • The Mayo Clinic defines anorexia as "an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and the food they eat. People with anorexia nervosa attempt to maintain a weight that's far below normal for their age and height. To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia nervosa may starve themselves or exercise excessively."
  • The National Eating Disorders Organization cautions that bulimia "is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating." It also includes "extreme concern with body weight and shape."
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