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Olympian Emily Seebohm breaks down on I’m a Celebrity as she reveals eating disorder

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Olympian Emily Seebohm breaks down on I'm a Celebrity as she reveals eating disorder

Swimming star Emily Seebohm has revealed how her eating disorders left her terrified of being seen in a swimming costume in the pool. 

Speaking to her campmates on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Australia on Monday night, the Olympic athlete, 29, revealed the charity she is supporting on the show, EndED, is close to her heart.   

‘I’ll just tell you a bit of backstory on me. Uh…I was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia,’ she began, breaking down in tears. 

Painful: Swimming star Emily Seebohm (pictured) has revealed how her eating disorders left her terrified of being seen in a swimming costume in the pool

Painful: Swimming star Emily Seebohm (pictured) has revealed how her eating disorders left her terrified of being seen in a swimming costume in the pool

Painful: Swimming star Emily Seebohm (pictured) has revealed how her eating disorders left her terrified of being seen in a swimming costume in the pool

‘Sorry. Sorry, I just haven’t told many people and I don’t say it out loud ’cause it’s not something that I’m really proud of. It took a really big toll on me,’ she continued. 

‘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. 

‘We were weighed on pool deck in front of everyone and, you know, told to eat less. You know, I tried to, like, reach out to people and ask for help.’

'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

'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

‘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 

She continued, tears flowing down her face: ‘But it’s really hard when you’re an athlete, because, you know, you don’t want to show weakness. 

‘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.’ 

Later, she said in a piece to camera: ‘We’re here for a bigger reason outside of ourselves, and to bring awareness to things that aren’t probably talked about that are left silent. 

'We were weighed on pool deck in front of everyone and, you know, told to eat less. You know, I tried to, like, reach out to people and ask for help' she added

'We were weighed on pool deck in front of everyone and, you know, told to eat less. You know, I tried to, like, reach out to people and ask for help' she added

‘We were weighed on pool deck in front of everyone and, you know, told to eat less. You know, I tried to, like, reach out to people and ask for help’ she added

‘And it’s really to open up about the experiences that we’ve gone through to help others that might be experiencing the same things.’ 

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The champion, who has represented Australia at four Olympics, in the past revealed it was a swimming official’s off-hand comment about her body in 2019 that triggered a two-year battle that almost destroyed her career.

Seebohm said she found herself locked into a cycle of pushing her body to the limit in the pool, gruelling gym workouts, starving herself, and then binging and purging.

She continued, tears flowing down her face: 'But it's really hard when you're an athlete, because, you know, you don't want to show weakness'

She continued, tears flowing down her face: 'But it's really hard when you're an athlete, because, you know, you don't want to show weakness'

She continued, tears flowing down her face: ‘But it’s really hard when you’re an athlete, because, you know, you don’t want to show weakness’

‘They said the only way I was going to do better than I’d ever done was to be smaller than I was… and those words became stuck in my brain,’ Seebohm told The Daily Telegraph.

Shen then applied herself to becoming thinner with the same focus and drive that had seen her rise to top of her sport.

‘I was really willing to do whatever it took, I was told to lose weight and I was going to do it… I trained all the time so I didn’t think about food,’ Seebohm said.

Her typical training day involved swimming 5km in the pool in the morning, a weights session in the gym, followed by cardio and then back in to the pool for another 5km.

At night she would fall into bed too exhausted to eat, but when her hunger became too much she would binge on food, feel guilty and then abuse laxatives.

‘The harder I tried the worse I felt… I’d lost so much confidence in my swimming and in my life in general, it was such a low point.’ 

Hard: She says she she now has a much healthier relationship with food

Hard: She says she she now has a much healthier relationship with food

Hard: She says she she now has a much healthier relationship with food

Seebohm is now an ambassador for an eating disorder support network, EndED, an organisation based on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland.

She is also tours schools to to share her inspirational story.

Anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues is encouraged to contact: 

Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)  or Eating Disorders Victoria Helpline on 1300 550 23  

Inspired: Seebohm is now an ambassador for an eating disorder support network, EndED, an organisation based on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. She is also tours schools to to share her inspirational story

Inspired: Seebohm is now an ambassador for an eating disorder support network, EndED, an organisation based on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. She is also tours schools to to share her inspirational story

 Inspired: Seebohm is now an ambassador for an eating disorder support network, EndED, an organisation based on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. She is also tours schools to to share her inspirational story

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