While former Biggest Loser contestant Fiona Falkiner went on the show to lose weight, the 34-year-old has said it was time away from the cameras that taught her what it took to become truly healthy.
After losing around 30kg while on the show in 2006, Fiona expected her life to fall into place and all her issues of self-esteem and acceptance would disappear.
But the goal Falkiner had been working towards – being skinny – hadn’t brought her the happiness she thought it would, she shared while sitting down with Jules Sebastian on her YouTube interview series, Tea with Jules.
"I was struggling with self-acceptance, low-esteem, I was really just not a happy person, and I blamed all of that on my size. I thought that if I was skinny, life would be perfect."
"I was skinny for the first time in my life... But I wasn’t happy at all, because I hadn’t dealt with the reasons I was the way I was in the first place."
The model and TV presenter said not addressing the underlying issues was why she regained the weight "quite quickly" after the show.
Falkiner told Jules that she went to a "really bad place".
"I was in such a miserable place, it was horrible. I was so unhappy, and life shouldn’t be about being so unhappy – I’m sorry, it makes me so emotional thinking about it," she said, tearing up.
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