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Bachelorette Fan Favorite Peter Kraus Opens Up About Suffering From An Eating Disorder During His Modeling Career

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Peter Kraus

Peter Kraus found the light during a very dark time.

On Wednesday, The Bachelorette fan favorite opened up about his two-year struggle with an eating disorder that began when he was 20 years old and trying to make it in the modeling industry.

Related: Peter Confirmed For The Bachelor Winter Games!

As you may know, he has since retired from modeling (unless you include showing off abs on Instagram) — and he is feeling more grateful than ever for hitting "rock bottom" because it led him to his current career in fitness.

The reality star shared on social media alongside some sexy snaps:

11 years ago I began a modeling career that took me all over the world. I called five different cities in three amazing countries home over a six year span. I met dozens of amazing people with whom I made life long friends and unforgettable memories. But what I am most thankful for from my 9 year career (2 years since retired), is my introduction to fitness. At the age of 20 I had developed an eating disorder while blindly attempting to keep up with the level of fitness of my fellow models and competitors. For two years I struggled in silence, always trying but never knowing how to compete with my counterparts. In the winter of 2007 I hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to take charge of my health and fitness and learn how to do things the right way. So I enrolled myself in the dietetics program at MATC and graduated with honors, my first PT job, and my first @ironmantri under my belt two years later. So on this #WorkoutWednesday I say thank you to a career that taught me so much, that while now retired, is still fun to go back to from time to time to do things the RIGHT way. If it weren’t for hitting "rock bottom" I never would have had this amazing hill of life to climb back up. So embrace the shit some times. Learn from it, pick your ass up off the floor and get moving forward and upward again. Some times from the darkest places shines the brightest light. Thank you @mattmonathphoto for the 📸📸😘A post shared by Peter J Kraus (@peterkrauswi) on Dec 6, 2017 at 8:46am PST

So happy he made it out on top!

Always an important reminder to care for your mental, not just physical, health.

[Image via Instagram.]

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