SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss recently sat down and was able to speak with Ohio.com to promote tonight’s WWE TV tapings from Toledo, Ohio. The full interview is right here
On overcoming a life-threatening battle with anorexia in 2009 while a cheerleader at the University of Akron:
“I had gone through it first in high school. Then when I joined college cheer, we had a very strict workout regimen that we had to follow. And I had just recovered from the first eating disorder. We had to sign in to do cardio, BOD PODs [a measurement of muscle vs. fat in the body], the things athletes should do. But it retriggered everything for me. I went from 120 pounds to 80 pounds in about six weeks.
“That was the main reason I left Akron. It was after a football game. I was still in my uniform. I told my coach that I needed to go home and get help. I checked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital [in Columbus] and the doctors were amazing and helped me get through it all. It was a tough time but it also made me the person I am today.”