The 28-year-old Australian, who was a fixture on the Vitality Normal membership through the latest Worldwide Swimming League season, detailed a few of the issues she has skilled, together with being advised that as a way to swim sooner, she wanted to drop some weight.
“I’ve binged, purged and brought laxatives,” Seebohm wrote within the heartfelt publish. “I’ve counted energy, skipped meals and consistently weighed myself. I’ve been embarrassed to be in my togs. I’ve judged my physique each time I’ve been in entrance of a mirror.
“I’ve been advised that the one method I can swim sooner is by shedding pounds and I’ve believed it.”
The Adelaide, South Australia native vows to “be braver” for herself in 2021, and hopes by sharing her story she may help others going via the same state of affairs.
“This yr I’m going to be braver for myself,” she stated. “To offer my physique the like it deserves and to begin I wanted to be trustworthy to everybody together with myself. I’m not asking for something however hoping that I may help somebody who may very well be feeling the identical. I received this butterfly tattoo late final yr because the butterfly basis helps individuals combating consuming issues and I needed a reminder that I can do that!”
Seebohm is a three-time Olympian for Australia, successful a gold medal in her debut on the 2008 Video games within the girls’s 400 medley relay at simply 16 years of age. She went on to win three medals in 2012, together with a gold within the 400 free relay and a person silver within the 100 backstroke, after which added a fifth Olympic medal (silver) within the 400 medley relay in 2016.
Along with her Olympic success, Seebohm can also be a five-time Lengthy Course World Champion, together with sweeping the ladies’s backstroke occasions in 2015 and efficiently defending her 200 again title in 2017.
After successful the inaugural ISL championship with Vitality Normal in 2019, Seebohm helped the membership to a runner-up end in November contained in the Budapest bubble, scoring 162.zero factors for the season which ranked 14th amongst girls and 25th total.