NYC mayoral candidate reveals bulimia struggles

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New York City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn (AP Photo)

New York City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn says she struggled in the past with bulimia and alcoholism.

Speaking Tuesday at Barnard College, Quinn said her binging and purging began when she was 16 and her mother was dying of cancer.

Quinn says she was a bulimic for 10 years and that drinking too much was part of it. She says the eating disorder was about striving for perfection and trying to get control in a life that was “out of control.”

She says the drinking was a response to “all the chaos that was going on.”

Quinn says she went to rehab at age 26.

She had discussed her history of bulimia and alcoholism in an interview that was published earlier in The New York Times.

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