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Wednesday 13th December 2017

'Bachelorette' Favorite Reveals Devastating Health Struggle

We had no idea.

Last season’s Bachelorette runner-up Peter Kraus just revealed that he once faced a heartbreaking health battle.

In a raw and vulnerable new Instagram post, he made the shocking revelation that back in his modeling years, he suffered from an eating disorder.

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He wrote, “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.”

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 📸📸😘

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“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,” he said.

Peter shared this photo from his early modeling days. (Credit: Instagram/@peterkrauswi)

He turned his life around by enrolling in a dietetics program and became a personal trainer. "If it weren’t for hitting 'rock bottom' I never would have had this amazing hill of life to climb back up," he wrote.

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He shared words of encouragement with his fans, adding,  "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."

Peter is known for his ripped abs -- but he now achieves his slim figure the healthy way. (Credit: Instagram/@peterkrauswi)

Peter made it to the season finale on The Bachelorette but wasn't ready to propose to the show's star Rachel Lindsay.

As a result of Peter not being ready for marriage, Rachel ultimately chose Bryan Abasolo, who did propose.

Rachel and Peter on "The Bachelorette." (Credit: ABC)

When fans pressured producers to choose Peter for the next season of The Bachelor, show creator Mike Fleiss tweeted, "Do we really want a Bachelor who isn't ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about..."