Tom Daley has revealed that he battled bulimia after being told to lose weight.
The Plymouth born-Olympic diving star, 27, told the Guardian about how he developed the eating disorder after being told by sports experts that he needed to shed the pounds.
He recalled how in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, he made himself sick as he became obsessed with his weight.
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Tom admitted that prior to that, he had a ‘seriously unhealthy relationship’ with food and it led to him weighing himself every day to see if he had lost another pound or two.
He also revealed that he’d feel ‘shameful’ after eating foods as his struggle with how he looked intensified.
Tom said: “I used to make myself throw up, in 2012. I weigh myself every day. I’ve had a very strange relationship with food and my body image.
“I guess it is a mild form of eating disorder. Men always seem to not have eating disorders, and it’s hard to talk about it. But I would consider myself to be someone that has very much struggled with body image, and eating, and feeling guilty and shameful of the things that I eat.”
Talking about his battle with how he felt about his body, he also opened up on how he was pressured to lose weight in a bid to perform better, saying that the idea of losing weight was ‘hammered into him’ by people in the industry who told him he was overweight.
He continued: “I don’t think the body image issues come from anything to do with the media. My body image issues came from within my sport – it was hammered into me that I was overweight and needed to lose weight in order to perform”
His revelations come in a week where he celebrated a win at the Attitude Awards at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday night, where he bagged the award for Sports Star.
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