star Peter Kraus revealed on Instagram that he suffered from an eating disorder during his early years as a model. The season 13 runner-up said he limited his diet to lose weight and suffered in silence.
"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," Kraus posted on Instagram. "For two years I struggled in silence, always trying but never knowing how to compete with my counterparts."
The 31-year-old "hit rock bottom" in 2007 but eventually decided to focus on his health. He then enrolled in a dietetics program and became a personal trainer.
"It was finally time to take charge of my health and fitness and learn how to do things the right way," he says. "So I enrolled myself in the dietetics program at MATC and graduated with honors, [and got] my first PT job, and my first @ironmantri under my belt two years later."
Despite his struggles, Kraus is thankful for the experience that molded him into a better person.
"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," he says. "If it weren't for hitting 'rock bottom' I never would have had this amazing hill of life to climb back up."
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