'Jersey Shore': A softer Snooki opens up about her eating disorder

Last week on "Jersey Shore," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi admitted that she had an eating disorder in high school. That gave us a whole new understanding of why she reacted to Mike's fat joke the way she did.

Tonight, "The Insider" reveals a side of Snooki we haven't seen yet. Her make up is toned down, her 'tude is at a lower frequency and there's no hair poof to speak of. On the MTV show, the former upstate New York cheerleader told her roommates that her anorexia got so bad she ate one cracker a day and got down to 80 pounds.

"I really wouldn't eat," Snooki tells "The Insider." "I would go into the nurse's office every day and I would weigh myself. When [the nurse] realized that I hit 80 pounds, she was like, this isn't good."

Snooki says her eating disorder stemmed out of her fear of being replaced on the cheerleading squad by thinner, younger freshmen. She has that nurse to thank for alerting her parents, who took action.

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