Age 23, Gold Coast
Coming out motivated him to lose 45kg. During my younger years I noticed I was different. Other boys in my class were talking about girls, but I was crushing on a boy in Chemistry. This placed stress on my social and personal life as I attempted to fit in with “social norms”. I began eating excessive amounts in an attempt to alleviate the feeling of difference I felt inside.
By the age of 18 I was 115kg and was referred to as obese by healthcare professionals. I avoided sports days and found walking up a flight of stairs extremely difficult. My family were informed that if I did not make changes I’d be at risk of countless health issues and an early death.
At this point I decided to turn my life around. After five years of confusion and fighting my inner-self, I was finally able to come out as gay to my family. My coming out motivated me to live a healthier life and, with the support of my family, I dropped my weight down to 70kgs with a total fat loss of 45kgs over two years.
There were plenty of moments of doubt, heartache and procrastinating, but with determination, drive and support, I was able to shake the weight through gym and lots of cardio. I’ve learned the art of portion control and that you are what you eat.
My latest goal is to gain muscle and I’m pleased that since my weight loss I’ve gained back 17kgs in muscle with a current mass of 87kgs and an aim to reach 95kgs by the age of 25.
Body image plays a major factor in life. I don’t think there is another community as focused on body image as the gay community. However, I believe that if you love yourself the way you are, then no one has the right to bring you down. Always be yourself!