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“It Was Hitting Rock Bottom”: Sadie Robertson Reveals How Devastating Break-Up With Boyfriend Helped Conquer Her Eating Disorder

Unlike many reality TV stars her age, Sadie Robertson is a shining example of the type of young woman we want to raise this generation of girls to be.

Comfortable in her own skin, transparent about her past, and grounded in the Word, the 20-year-old Duck Dynasty daughter is about as real in her Christ-like walk as they come.

But admittedly, navigating her journey as a daughter of the King through an industry obsessed with flawless appearance and plastic-surgery perfection has not come without its challenges.

Though her fiery sermons fueled with biblical truth may make it seem like she’s got it all together, Sadie—like the rest of us—has wrestled with finding her identity in Christ rather than the idols of this world.

In a blog post entitled “I Woke Up Like This,” Sadie previously opened up about the struggle she had with a debilitating eating disorder she developed while competing on Dancing With the Stars.

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“I struggled with an eating problem connected to a negative body image for about a year. It was dark. It was ugly. It was insanely difficult. It was done in secret. It was hidden,” Sadie revealed in her painfully honest post, adding that she didn’t even tell her own mom until recently.

Getting lavished in praise for her slim new figure only perpetuated her distorted self-image that became reliant on the approval of Hollywood and adoring fans.

“My fear didn’t just stem from one particular thing,” she explained. “It was more of a [byproduct] of the battle happening in my heart and mind. I was trapped in a battle that took place 24/7, and it was one that day by day began to defeat me. My mirror, my pictures, my clothes, and my view were my worst enemies.”

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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