Kate Ferdinand discusses 15 year battle with body dysmorphia and how Rio taught her to love herself 

She is known for her incredible figure and passion for health and fitness. 

However, behind her confident display, Kate Ferdinand has revealed a 15-year battle with body dysmorphia, in a dark period in which she suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks which would cause her hair to fall out.

The former TOWIE star, 28, has since overcome her demons and told how her husband Rio Ferdinand, 41, has helped her to learn to ‘love myself’. 

Issues: Kate Ferdinand discussed her 15 year battle with body dysmorphia and how her husband Rio taught her to love herself

Issues: Kate Ferdinand discussed her 15 year battle with body dysmorphia and how her husband Rio taught her to love herself

After years suffering from insecurities about her body, of which she sought therapy for, Kate now has a new outlook on life amid her relationship with the football star and consequently becoming a step-mum to his three kids.

In an interview with The Sun, the star opened up about her long-running battle, revealing that it’s only recently that she’s realised what’s ‘important’ in life.

She explained: ‘Ever since I was a teenager I've been fighting this internal battle with body dysmorphia. I've always thought I looked bad and it's only in the last two years I have been able to rethink what's important and what isn't.’

She continued: ‘I've learned to accept myself, but it's been a hell of a journey. And I'm still on it. I still have bad days, but I never thought I would get to this point. It is like stripping yourself back and finding out what makes you happy and what doesn't.’

Suffering:  The former TOWIE star, 28, discussed her battle with body dysmorphia, in a dark period in which she suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks which would cause her hair to fall out

Suffering:  The former TOWIE star, 28, discussed her battle with body dysmorphia, in a dark period in which she suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks which would cause her hair to fall out

But despite her self-doubts about herself, her husband of three months Rio insisted that she’s ‘mad’, with the sportsman teaching her to love herself.

Kate said: ‘Rio thinks I'm mad. Men do though, don't they? He's definitely helped me learn to love myself, though, and when you have children you need to be a good role model.’

The blonde beauty went on to state that she does however have to be ‘careful’ about the way she acts in regards to her body issues, due to Rio’s impressionable eight-year-old daughter Tia,  with Kate adding that she ‘picks up on things.’   

Battle: 'Ever since I was a teenager I've been fighting this internal battle with body dysmorphia. I've always thought I looked bad and it's only in the last two years I have been able to rethink what's important and what isn't'

Battle: ‘Ever since I was a teenager I've been fighting this internal battle with body dysmorphia. I've always thought I looked bad and it's only in the last two years I have been able to rethink what's important and what isn't’

Confidence: Rio thinks I'm mad. Men do though, don't they? He's definitely helped me learn to love myself, though, and when you have children you need to be a good role model'

Confidence: Rio thinks I'm mad. Men do though, don't they? He's definitely helped me learn to love myself, though, and when you have children you need to be a good role model’

Kate’s body confession comes shortly after shared the secrets behind her incredible physique  by releasing her insightful debut book Fitter, Happier, Healthier: The Ultimate 4 Week Body Transformation Plan. 

The former reality star divulged information on her stunning frame and how she keeps in shape, including details of her once-a-year sandwich treat, keeping her sweets at a distance and ensuring she doesn’t nibble on her step-kids’ food. 

After soaring to fame on TOWIE in 2015, when she was introduced as the ex-girlfriend of show heartthrob Dan Edgar, she became a fan favourite, with her sizzling figure and girls’ girl personality winning hearts.  

Stunner: Kate's body confession comes shortly after shared the secrets behind her incredible physique by releasing her insightful debut book Fitter, Happier, Healthier: The Ultimate 4 Week Body Transformation Plan

Stunner: Kate’s body confession comes shortly after shared the secrets behind her incredible physique by releasing her insightful debut book Fitter, Happier, Healthier: The Ultimate 4 Week Body Transformation Plan

Despite winning various lucrative contracts and garnering reams of Instagram followers, in 2017, Kate confirmed her time in the spotlight was up a she moved to looking after Rio’s kids Lorenz, 13, and Tate, 11, and daughter Tia, eight.

The couple wed in an idyllic ceremony in Turkey in September, ahead of her latest venture – her insightful and interesting health and well-being book. 

While she and Rio constantly share videos of their morning workouts, Kate has now given insight into her healthy food habits to help maintain her stunning frame. 

Careful! The reality star divulged information on her stunning frame and how she keeps in shape, including details of her once-a-year sandwich treat

Careful! The reality star divulged information on her stunning frame and how she keeps in shape, including details of her once-a-year sandwich treat

Happy days: After soaring to fame on TOWIE in 2015, when she was introduced as the ex-girlfriend of show heartthrob Dan Edgar, she became a fan favourite

Happy days: After soaring to fame on TOWIE in 2015, when she was introduced as the ex-girlfriend of show heartthrob Dan Edgar, she became a fan favourite

In a tip to her fans who may be prone to reaching for a sandwich, she revealed her sarnie intake is limited to once-a-year: ‘One thing I rarely eat is sandwiches…

‘I never feel like there’s any goodness in them. The only ones I do have sometimes are the Christmas sandwiches with turkey, stuffing and cranberry. I may have one, once a year as a festive treat, but that’s my lot.’

Kate admits that when she became a step-mother it was easy for her to slip into bad habits as she adjusted to life with the three kids. 

Her loves: Despite winning various lucrative contracts and garnering reams of Instagram followers, in 2017, Kate confirmed her time in the spotlight was up a she moved to looking after Rio's kids Lorenz, 13, and Tate, 11, and daughter Tia, eight

Her loves: Despite winning various lucrative contracts and garnering reams of Instagram followers, in 2017, Kate confirmed her time in the spotlight was up a she moved to looking after Rio’s kids Lorenz, 13, and Tate, 11, and daughter Tia, eight

Yum! While she and Rio constantly share videos of their morning workouts, Kate has now given insight into her healthy food habits to help maintain her stunning frame

Yum! While she and Rio constantly share videos of their morning workouts, Kate has now given insight into her healthy food habits to help maintain her stunning frame

She penned: ‘Leftovers are tempting. I’d used to have my dinner and then mindlessly pick at whatever the kids had left as well…

‘Now if the kids leave food on their plates, I’ll put anything salvageable straight in the fridge then I’ll throw the rest away immediately so I’m not tempted to pick.’

In her infinite wisdom, Kate has a cheeky trick to give herself time to debate whether she wants to snack when she has a sweet craving.  

Cheeky! Her guide to fans is part of the four week programme listed in the book

 Cheeky! Her guide to fans is part of the four week programme listed in the book

Be careful! In a tip to her fans who may be prone to reaching for a sandwich, she revealed her sarnie intake is limited to once-a-year: 'One thing I rarely eat is sandwiches'

Be careful! In a tip to her fans who may be prone to reaching for a sandwich, she revealed her sarnie intake is limited to once-a-year: ‘One thing I rarely eat is sandwiches’

She stated: ‘There are often naughty snacks in the house for the kids but I keep them in a high cupboard out of reach of both the kids and me… 

‘If I have a sweet craving, I’ve got to get out a pair of mini steps and climb up to get them down. As soon as I go to get the steps I think “Why am I doing this?” and it stops me.’

Kate revealed that on her first date with Rio, she wound up finishing his steak – thus disproving her theory that she was ‘one of those girls who don’t eat a lot”.  

Her book is a welcome treat to fans who have been keen to know how she stays in shape, after she gave a fleeting glimpse into her food diary earlier this year. 

At the time, the reality star revealed she begins the day with a smoothie, consisting of spinach, kale, celery, frozen berries which are mixed in with water and ice. 

The health kick continues till dinner, when she has fish and rice. However, to make her dish healthier, she added the caption: ‘I really don’t like greens so I chop them up and mix them in with my rice so it doesn’t feel so difficult eating them.’

Fitter, Happier, Healthier: The Ultimate 4 Week Body Transformation Plan is available to buy in book stores and online now. 

Open and honest: Kate admits that when she became a step-mother it was easy for her to slip into bad habits as she adjusted to life with the three kids

Open and honest: Kate admits that when she became a step-mother it was easy for her to slip into bad habits as she adjusted to life with the three kids 

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