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Gok Wan opens up about his struggles with his weight to help people with their self-confidence

The TV presenter has spoken about his issues with his weight in the past

By Steve Brown

Gok Wan has opened up about his body insecurities to help people struggling with their self-confidence.

The TV presenter has never been afraid to speak about his struggles with his body and in a moving post on Instagram, he recalls he was starving himself when he was 21 after struggling with his weight as a child.

Writing on Instagram, he says: “I was always a fat child. I had tried every diet but nothing ever stuck.

“But, at 21, I began a diet and within a year I had lost almost half my body weight. 10 stone.

“Honestly? It wasn’t a diet, I was starving myself, some days eating no more than a couple of teaspoons of honey.

“One night I sat on my bed and stared at the mirror looking at my frail body.

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For all the people who send me messages telling me they’re struggling with their self confidence. I hope this helps. Love you. 💖

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“Skin was falling off of my bones. It was the loneliest place I had been to. I wanted to die because I knew I was sick and I didn’t know how to stop the voices in my head telling me I was ugly, fat and not good enough. Thankfully, over time I got better.”

In his message, he continues his story and hopes people will read it and have a positive effect on someone struggling with their body.

He continues: “I’m telling you this because if we all talk more, listen more and admit at times we are allowed to be weak then maybe one day there will be one less young person looking at their reflection wanting to be anyone other than themselves.”