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I WAS A COMPULSIVE OVEREATER

MEET FATTYGAY, OUR NEW ANONYMOUS COLUMNIST WHO IS GOING TO TAKE US ON A VERY PERSONAL JOURNEY THAT BEGAN IN THE CLOSET – AND THE FRIDGE.

CONFESSIONS OF A COMPULSIVE OVEREATER JE SUIS FATTY GAY

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I’m Fatty Gay, 39 from London. Fatty Gay is a nickname I’ve carried on my back since I was a kid. Back in my first year of secondary school, my lanky French teacher asked me to translate the verb ‘I’m tired’. Apparently, I didn’t say it loud enough, so I was made to stand up in front of the entire class and repeat it. “Je suis fatigué,” I mumbled, wobbling with fear. And the class erupted. So did the teacher. I was made to say it three more times before I was allowed to sit back down in my seat, jut holding back the tears which were ready to stream down my face from the utter shame and humiliation.

From about the age of 8, my weight began to increase stone by stone each year. At the time of the Fatty Gay incident, at 12-years-old, I was already 12 stone. By GSCE year, I had reached 16. My height, however, was stunted. I grew outwards, but never upwards. This particular physicality, along with my oversensitivity and obvious burgeoning homosexuality, made me an easy target for pupils and staff alike.

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About Attitude

The annual Attitude Hot 100 is unveiled in this special issue, with a supplement full of 100 of the world’s hottest men as voted for by you! Who came out on top? Find out inside. Our cover features just a few of the gay celebrities featured on the list: Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, Charlie King, Sanjay Sood-Smith and Dino Fetscher. Inside we explore body image with a special presentation of ‘dad bods’, a report from the alternative East London pageant Mr Glory, and the unveiling of our new column about a compulsive overeater. We have interviews with X Factor star Andrea Faustini, pop stars MS MR, soul boy John Newman, performance legend Penny Arcade, and comedian Joe Lycett, who accompanies a full rundown of all things LGBT at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All this, plus the usual fun and frolics!
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