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'General Hospital' Star Genie Francis Opens Up About Lifelong Weight Struggle: 'I've Finally Conquered My Dieting Demons'

by Meredith B. Kile 5:00 PM PST, January 11, 2016
Playing 'General Hospital' Star Genie Francis Opens Up About Lifelong Weight Struggle: 'I've Finally Conquered My Dieting Demons'

General Hospital star Genie Francis is confidently rocking skinny jeans and celebrating her dieting success after a lifelong battle with her weight.

“I’ve finally conquered my dieting demons!” the Nutrisystem ambassador announced on Monday.

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Francis revealed that, at 14 years old, her iconic GH character, Laura Spencer, was put on a diet as part of a storyline on the soap opera, which started her on a pattern with unhealthy “starvation” weight loss routines.

“It was very hard for me as a very young girl to be put on a diet on TV. It made me very insecure. That’s how my body image began,” she revealed a the new video for the weight-loss company. “I’ve been on every diet there is, every fad, crazy diet. I’ve been in pain and about my body and my weight all my life.”

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Francis returned to the long-running soap in 2015 to reprise her role, serving a key part in the exit storyline of her former love, Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary). She credits Nutrisystem -- which has also been used by celebs like Marie Osmond and Melissa Joan Hart -- for helping her reach her weight-loss goals and regain her confidence without “suffering or starving.”

“The best thing about the program is that I'm more at peace with food than I have ever been in my lifetime,” she said. “I am feeling more like my old self. I have more confidence, don't dread getting dressed or being on camera and have much more energy!”

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