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Sydney model Kate Wasley has shared her previous struggles with disordered eating in an emotional Instagram post.
The 24-year-old shared a “different kind of before and after”, with a photo of herself a few years ago and now.
“Before anyone jumps and tells me I was healthier on the left, here’s why I wasn’t and here is why I firmly believe that health comes in all shapes and sizes,” she wrote.
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Kate, who has modelled for Sports Illustrated, described how she went from “heavier” in high school, to barely subsisting on chewing gum, to finding a way to treat her body with kindness.
She said at age 17 a number of “little comments” began to make her feel as if she needed to change her shape.
“So one day after a teacher told me in front of all my friends that I ‘probably wasn’t as fit as I could be’ and the same teacher on a different occasion telling me I was a ‘good wind block’ for my cold friend, I decided it was time for a change,” she said.