Although she won a gold medal for tackling the balance beam, Shawn Johnson has faced her fair share of hurdles.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Health, the Olympian reveals she's battled eating disorders in the past.
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The 23-year-old confessed :
"I've kind of gone through the gamut when it comes to health… I've hit lows with — I don't want to say diagnosed eating disorders — but eating disorders. And then I've gone the other way, where I've rejected fitness… [I've] kind of gone through the whole education system, all the nutritionists, and now I'm finally healthy."
Her body issues were only made worse when she competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2009.
"When I first went on [DWTS], I was 16, and I turned 17 on the show… Going from this strict, regimented schedule to going through puberty on national TV and gaining weight, and just being kind of a huge target for criticism, was just really difficult for me."
Although the athlete took home the top prize, Johnson struggled with exercise after achieving reality TV fame.
"I could get on a treadmill and run, but I didn't know how to lift weights or how to work out."
However, all that has changed.
Recently, the Iowa-native launched a healthy living website called The Body Department that teaches young girls about fitness and nutrition.
We applaud Shawn's honesty, and we greatly support her message of health and well-being!
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