Coulthard admits to having battled bulimia

Scottish F1 driver David Coulthard has admitted he once battled with the eating disorder bulimia.

In his new autobiography, Coulthard reveals that in his teens, he became obsessed with diet and exercise, and eventually started forcing himself to vomit in order to keep his weight down.

“By my teens, I was nearly the same height as I am now but I weighed just over nine stone,” he writes. “The problem was as I got taller, I started to become a lot heavier than some of my counterparts. I stopped eating fattening foods and before I knew what had happened, I was bulimic.

“In my mine, the only way I could keep my weight down was by making myself vomit. At first, I was just very, very lean. I became skin and bone but I weighed myself every morning, noon and night. In the evening, if I was half a pound heavier I would get in the pool and swim. Some people would say it was obsessive behaviour but you don t achieve a certain level of success without some form of dedication.”

Get David Coulthard’s new autobiography here: It is What It Is: The Autobiography