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Wednesday, 17 May, 2000, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Posh Spice describes weight problem
Victoria Beckham
Thin: Posh Spice Victoria Beckham
Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has admitted for the first time that she is a stone-and-a-half underweight.

The singer said she cried when she saw wafer-thin pictures of herself in the papers after she gave birth to son Brooklyn 14 months ago.

She told Heat magazine the unfounded rumours that she was anorexic had prompted her to have a series of tests, even though she ate "like a pig".

Posh Spice added that although doctors said she was underweight, it was not uncommon for new mothers to experience dramatic weight loss.

Victoria Beckham and son Brooklyn
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Victoria, 26, who is married to Manchester United footballer David Beckham, said: "I went to the doctors and got completely checked out - every blood test under the sun.

"They just said it's just something that can happen after a baby. It happened to my mum."

But she could not disguise the shock she had when she first realised how thin she was.

"There are pictures of me from that time that I looked at and cried - I did look bloody awful," she confessed.

"I'd never looked like that before - I was nine-and-half stones before I got pregnant."

She said she was now down to seven-and-a-half stones, with doctors telling her ideal weight would be eight-and-a-half to nine stones.

'Complete pig'

Victoria pointed out that the problem was not due to a lack of food.

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"I eat more than three meals a day - I'm a complete pig," she stressed.

"I eat a big bowl of cereal for breakfast, a full lunch, a full dinner and I snack too.

"I always go for the healthy option... because I prefer it, but I also eat lots of Chinese and Indian takeaways," she added.

Victoria, who hosted a one-off chat show on Channel 4 last year, said she was putting her efforts into making a film rather than pursuing a solo singing career during breaks from the Spice Girls, but was waiting for the right part to come along.

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