‘Bachelorette’ 2017’s Peter Kraus Once Struggled With an Eating Disorder
So while getting to know him even better, we were surprised to learn the 31-year-old once struggled with some serious health issues.
Though his job title bestowed upon him by Bachelorette producers is that of “business owner,” Peter is more than that.
He also had a successful modeling career in his 20s, traveling the world for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch.
Going way back to my younger days as a model just starting out. Shooting for A&F at the time was my ultimate modeling aspiration. As a Midwestern small town kid, I thought it could get no bigger in the modeling world. I remember the moment my agent called me to tell me that I had booked the shoot, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. To this day, that week spent shooting in paradise is still one of the greatest memories of my life. Thank you still @chosenmodelmanagement @abercrombie&fitch #tbt #dreamsbecomereality #model #keywest #bruceweber #thankful
Not bad for a guy who knew he wanted be famous in high school!
After that, however, he turned to fitness, and launched his own WORTH Personal Training company.
According to the business site, WORTH offers personal training, bootcamps, and nutrition counseling from the “former international model and celebrity trainer” himself.
He then offers up his background with sports and fitness, and that’s where it gets very revealing.
Apparently, the contestant was a four-sport athlete in high school, playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and football throughout.
He then kicked off his modeling career in his late teens, and at 19, he found himself struggling with an eating disorder.
“At the age of 19 I developed an eating disorder while pursuing a modeling career,” he shares.
The Midwestern hunk continues, “My health and fitness began to rapidly decline. I realized that I hadn't the slightest idea of what it meant to be truly fit or healthy, and in the winter of 2007 I hit rock bottom.”
He doesn’t really explain what that “rock bottom” entails, but it’s good to hear he was able to change his life around himself by enrolling in a dietetics program at nearby Madison College.
“I wanted to change my life for the better, but I wanted to do it by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, the body, and how the two worked harmoniously together,” he reasons.
Two years later in 2009, the former athlete had learned enough to begin working as a personal trainer, a job which he says he “fell in love with” right away.
He gushes, “The ability to help someone overcome the same fears and doubts that I once had and develop the power to make drastic life changes, provided me with a sense of pride that I had never felt before. I found great joy in seeing my clients' success.”
In a franchise filled with “personal trainers” and “business owners,” Pete’s story is truly inspiring! Just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
And did we mention he’s got the goods to back it up? According to his credentials, Rachel’s fella has snagged impressive honors like Time Out magazine’s Top 10 Trainer in Chicago and he’s trained a number of celebs in L.A..
Not to mention, the dude has finished three Ironman competitions, and has top three finishes in spring and Olympic distance triathlons.
Anyone else want to argue he’s not Bachelor (or husband!) material?
The Bachelorette airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.