Ex Home And Away star Tammin Sursok on how she overcame her eating disorder
The Aussie star reveals bullying led to starving for perfection.
Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok has opened up about how she recovered from a secret— an eight-year eating disorder she battled as a young actress on the hit drama.
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Speaking to Today Extra hosts Richard Wilkins and Brooke Boney on August 16, the US-basedPretty Little Liarsstar, who played Dani Sutherland on the show, admitted she struggled with the ‘idea of perfectionism’ after being taunted for being overweight as a child.
“For me, I hit 25 years old. I just wanted to stop feeling sick,” the brave mother-of-two said of her road to recovery.
“I just didn't want to have a life any more of struggle. People have to go through a lot of therapy for that. For me I wanted to stop, I choose happiness. It was scary for me to actually say it.
“The minute I said it out loud I felt freedom. So it was a long time, it was through the Home and Away days. It isn't easy being on television and trying to be perfect. I think we all struggle with that idea of perfectionism.”
Now happy and healthy and living with her husband Sean McEwen and children Phoenix, five, and nine-month-old Lennon in LA, the star first spoke about her dark days back in July.
Sharing a photo of herself in her from what appeared to be her late teens-to-early 20s, Tammin wrote an emotional post about her struggle with perfectionism.
“This was the height of my eating disorder,” she wrote. “That day I had eaten half a pack of rice thins and 5 cups of coffee. That's what I had lived on for almost 6 months prior."
"I remember how sad I felt," she recalled. "Pictures lie, don't they? I was dying to be perfect."