Peter Kraus, who famously competed on Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette and was the runner-up, just revealed that he battled an eating disorder at age 20 for several years. The post, pegged to the popular hashtag #WorkoutWednesday, began with an illuminating and heartbreakingly honest reveal: that Kraus struggled for a long time with an eating disorder related to his modeling work.
"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", the reality star wrote.
"For two years I struggled in silence, always trying but never knowing how to compete with my counterparts", he wrote.
Kraus chose to enroll in a dietetics program and become a personal trainer after deciding to make some life changes, though he is grateful for what his experiences taught him.
Kraus, who retired from his modeling career after almost a decade, enrolled in the dietetics program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he graduated with honors.
"11 years ago I began a modeling career that took me all over the world. i called five different cities in three wonderful countries home over a six year span", the Wisconsin native wrote. But what I am most thankful for from my 9-year career (2 years since retired), is my introduction to fitness.
Kraus' Bachelorette castmate, Alex Bordyukov, was one of many who took to the comments to support the 32-year-old for telling his story, and encouraging him to get back to modeling.
Peter Kraus found the light during a very dark time.