Content Warning: This article discusses eating disorders and mental health
Olympic swimming champion Emily Seebohm became emotional on Tuesday night's episode of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! as she spoke more about her struggles with eating disorders.
The 29-year-old, who is representing the charity endED on the reality TV show, revealed things got so bad at one point she was left terrified of wearing her swimmers in front of others.
"Just with my training, at points it got so bad that, I'd cry going to training because I didn't want to put my togs on in front of people," she said, speaking to her campmates about how she was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia.
The three-time gold medalist also recalled how she would be "weighed on pool deck in front of everyone and, you know, told to eat less".
"But it's really hard when you're an athlete, because, you know, you don't want to show weakness," she continued, in tears.
"So my charity is endED, so it's an eating disorder charity. It actually houses people that really need help and also has, like, heaps of support for the families as well."
Emily Seebohm first revealed in an episode last week that she had developed an eating disorder following an awful breakup three and a half years ago.
“So, 2018 I went through a real big breakup, like a real horrible breakup,” she began. “It just really started me in this horrible pattern of going as long as I could without food, over-exercising. And then I'd go home and for dinner I’d have, like, a glass of milk.”
Emily described the experience as “pretty full-on” and admitted that she had found it extremely difficult to talk to others about it.
“Sometimes I’m not the best with being open with people and letting them know that I’m struggling, because I think as an athlete, you never want to seem like a weak person,” she explained.
“I even lost my period for about a year-and-a-half. That’s how bad I was malnourishing my body, really. At that point I was just like, this is the bottom. This is the bottom for me, I need help. So I saw the dietitian and that was the best thing that I ever did.”
When asked about what her relationship with food is like now, she said it was “pretty good”.
For confidential support about eating disorders and body image issues you can free call the Butterfly Foundation National Hotline on 1800 33 4673.
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