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    Joanna Krupa Had an Eating Disorder: Real Housewives of Miami Star Abused Laxatives

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    Joanna Krupa comes across as überconfident on The Real Housewives of Miami. Case in point: during the Bravo reality show's opening credits, the Polish beauty proudly proclaims, "Don't hate me because I have it all. Hate me because I'm beautiful." Underneath that bold exterior, however, lies a girl who secretly struggled with an eating disorder in her early twenties.

    "I gained weight and struggled to lose it quickly in order to pursue my dreams of being a model," Krupa says. "Being 20 years old, I had no idea how to lose weight fast and laxatives were an easy way out."

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    The former Dancing With the Stars competitor was able to break her unhealthy eating habits before they became worse. "Thank God I didn't hurt myself and stopped," she tells People.

    These days, the newlywed maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly to stay slim. "Long day now Time for a workout!" Krupa, 34, tweeted on Thursday, Nov. 14.

    In fact, the blond beauty is baring her body in a sexy 2014 wall calendar. A portion of the proceeds will go to Angels for Animal Rescue, one of the many animal rights groups that Krupa supports.

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    If you or someone you know suffers from a possible eating disorder, seek help by visiting the National Eating Disorder Association's website or calling its toll-free, confidential helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

    (E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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