Former The Only Way is Essex star Harry Derbidge has posted a photo showing his transformation after struggling with an eating disorder since the age of 16, and spoke candidly about his experience. Captioning the post, the now 23-year-old wrote: "My journey with an eating disorder was a struggle and I know I'm not a muscle pump up Pete now but where I am right now I have never felt and looked better in myself."
Harry opened up about his eating disorder
Harry looked worrying thin in the earlier of the two photos, and revealed that he was only seven stone when it was taken. "I was 7 stone and very unhealthy and could go a day without eating," he explained. "I also had a fear of food which can be diagnosed as a 'food phobia'. I had made my stomach so tiny that I could eat 2 bites of food and be full which was very unhealthy and made me very weak." Raising awareness for eating disorders in men, he said: "Eating disorder are not common in men, not because we don't have them but because many men choose not to talk about them and ignore it. I am here to say it is ok and without the help and love I had I would never feel as amazing as I do today and I want to help many people facing eating disorders and together we can kick it in the ass!"
His fans were quick to share their support, with one writing: "You look amazing Harry. It's so kind of you to share your story and will undoubtedly help so many other male sufferers to seek help. Wishing you lots of health and happiness." Another added: "Awww Harry you are and always have been a handsome lad loved you when you was in Towie and still do. You have a great support network around you which is great I'm so pleased and happy for you."