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my battle with ea t ing di sorder s

School bullies started Daren on a road to self-loathing and an obsession with both food and his body

’ve had body issues since I was in my early teens, and am now 25. I was bullied for my sexuality and had really low self-esteem. It began with the smaller things: being more conscious of my appearance, comparing myself with others, being more selective with my eating habits. As I got older, and image became more important to me, particularly as a young gay male, things just got worse and I became obsessed with staying skinny.

When I was 13 I was bullied at school because of my mannerisms and behaviour, which led other students to make assumptions about my sexuality — before I’d even realised what I was. This, alongside my dislike of sports, lack of interest in girls and generally being a well-behaved student, meant I was quite unpopular.

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