Lady Gaga recently opened up about her previous struggles with bulimia and admitted that her Italian upbringing did not help.
"I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I'm not that confident. And maybe it's easier for me to talk about it now because I don't do it anymore," Gaga said. "I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night. I used to come home and say, 'Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.' And he'd say, 'Eat your spaghetti.'"
Now that she is in the spotlight, Gaga is urging young girls to stop fad diets and not view magazine covers as the standard for real women.
"Weight is still a struggle. Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you -- they make you perfect. It's not real life," the singer admitted. "I'm gonna say this about girls: The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it's affecting kids your age. And it's making girls sick."