“I’ve been self-conscious about being scrawny since I was a kid and my uncle gave me the nickname ‘Scrappy’ after the character from Scooby-Doo. I’ve always been tall and skinny, and no matter what I eat or how much sport I play, I still have the same body. If I wear tighter clothing, then I look ridiculous, but baggy clothing accentuates it as well. Summer is the worst because guys are all wearing sleeveless tees and I try to wear long-sleeve tees, or like a thin bomber jacket, so my arms aren’t showing. Everyone’s always saying, ‘Aren’t you hot in that?’ It’s the worst. Jackets are the only thing I feel alright in. I’m also heaps self-conscious at the beach and at pool parties. I’ve always felt like everyone is looking at me thinking about how scrawny I am. I don’t care about strangers, but I mean my friends and people I know. Although something happened quite recently that really surprised me. A whole bunch of us were playing soccer and, when any of the guys scored a goal, he would lift up his shirt and run around celebrating.
I knew I’d just draw attention to myself even more if I didn’t do it, so I just did it really quickly. Then one of the girls who was watching told me I had good abs. I was on top of the world. No-one has ever said something nice about my body. It felt really good.” – Ryan, 16.