'Bachelorette' contestant Ben Smith opens up about decade-long battle with bulimia

Ben Smith, who is on Tayshia's season of "The Bachelorette," sparks a national conversation about men who suffer from eating disorders.
2:33 | 12/02/20

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Covid safe Christmas right there. We move to our "Gma" cover story. The emotional revelation from Ben Smith detailing his battle with Lew Lehman Ya in a conversation with tayshia sparking a broader conversation aboung disorders among men and Kaylee Hartung joins us with more. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. 10 million men in this country will struggle with an eating disorder but it's rarely talked about. Last night on "The bachelorette." That changed. It's just the life I lived is different than what you might assume. Reporter: Batch alreadiette contestant Ben Smith -- I don't like to lay all this on you but the reason I'm in nutrition for 15 years. Reporter: That teenage body shame progressing into bulimia. I remember the first instance around 20 where I overate to the point where I'm sick. I should just throw up. I should purge and weirdly enough the joy of the control of purging was so much greater than the control of eating. Reporter: The former army ranger has bachelor nation buzzing. I'll let my guard down. Reporter: But this honest conversation was in a new high. But I care a great deal about this. It's just hard for me to let it out. It's fine. Reporter: Despite the stereotype that only women struggle with eating disorders about one in three affect reasonable doubt men. Some like Ben begin overexercising compensating. There's a serious lack of research including males in the research up to about 30% of people with bulimia actually are men. But it's -- there's so much stigma and embarrassment that men often get overlooked. Reporter: Ben who works as a personal trainer credits his sister. She was an ear, a shoulder to cry on. I would challenge people struggling to understand it might be challenging and difficult but reach out to somebody. His honesty impressing tayshia. Keeping his safe for another week. And, of course, weon't know how this season ends for Ben but he told us he's never felt more in control of his life than he does right now. He's on the other side of that pain that he experienced and he says, he feels a duty to help others do the same. George. Is there thank you, Kaylee. All new bachelorette next Tuesday right here on ABC.

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