'I Had A Seizure In Front Of My Sister': Bachelor Star Brittany Hockley Opens Up About Eating Disorder Struggle
Warning: This story discusses eating disorders and may be triggering for some readers.
Brittany Hockley was a fan-favourite during season 6 of 'The Bachelor', and on Monday, the 30-year-old posted an insight into her struggles with eating disorders.
"You know, I've always been into exercise and fitness," Britt captioned a photo posted to her Instagram, "But I haven't always been healthy and had a great relationship with food."
Explaining that, when she was a teenager, she was overwhelmed with feeling like she might eat something "bad", Britt said she barely ate anything, would exercise every day and often would lie to her family about eating at a friend's house.
"I had this idea that skinny meant healthy and that it was the only way to be 'attractive'," the caption continued.
"I did this until I had a seizure one day in front of my sister and woke up in hospital."
After that scare, Britt said her dad explained she was severely anemic and sat her down to eat a burger together. After that, Britt said her feelings towards food dramatically changed.
"Food is life!! I am strong, fit and healthy and I eat whatever I want, in moderation, because life is about balance," she explained adding that she still exercises every day but for a completely different reason, because of the benefits for both her body and her mind.
"I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was a teenager. That food is amazing, gives you energy and isn’t something to be scared of," Britt said, "That exercise is good for your soul and not just your body."
Britt hoped that by sharing her story she would be able to reach out to even just one young person who might be going through similar struggles she did and to let them know how your view of food, exercise and a healthy body can shift.
If you or anyone you know is overwhelmed, concerned or needing support you can contact The Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (8am–9pm AEST, MON – FRI) or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 support.
Featured image: Instagram @brittany_hockley.