Bachelorette’s Peter Kraus took to Instagram to reveal in an emotional post that he suffered from an eating disorder during his early modeling days. 

“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,” the season 13 Bachelorette hunk, who is from Wisconsin, wrote. “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 retired), is my introduction to fitness.”

He continued: “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.”

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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The disorder led him to educate himself in fitness and health. He enrolled in the dietetics program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, graduated with honors and competed in his first Ironman triathlon two years later and now works as a personal trainer. 

"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,” he concluded. “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 s–t some times. Learn from it, pick your ass up off the floor and get moving forward and upward again. Sometimes from the darkest places shines the brightest light.”