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Jennette McCurdy developed an eating disorder on the set of iCarly

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The 30-year-old former actress shot to fame as a teenager playing Sam Puckett on the hit Nickelodeon sitcom alongside Miranda Cosgrove

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but claimed that she was left "anxious" because of the amount of food her character had to eat as a running gag.

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She said: "It's tragically hilarious. It made me so anxious because my character was constantly eating.

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I tried speaking with the producers on a couple occasions, asking if we could dial back on that stuff."

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The 'Sam and Cat' star went on to explain that although she tried speaking to 'iCarly' bosses,

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she couldn't face the issue head-on and started to feel "mocked" by her own life when fans would "poke fun" at her for the amount of food her character would eat on the show.

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She told The Washington Post: "I had some sort of reasoning [when I spoke to producers], like ‘I think there’s so much more to Sam as a character,

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and I think she goes much deeper than this.’ But I was not capable of facing the eating disorder for myself so, of course, I wasn’t capable of saying, ‘Hey, I’m actually really struggling with this. So, can we not?’

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