British Olympic gold medalist and athlete Tom Daley recently spoke out about a serious issue.
In an interview with The Guardian, the athlete talked about past fights while answering questions from readers about his career and his personal life.
A reader noted that Daley addressed the development of an eating disorder in his new autobiography, Coming Up For Air.
The 27-year-old athlete said that he had problems with his relationships with food and body image.
“I made myself vomit in 2012,” Daley said.
“I weigh myself every day. I’ve had a very strange relationship with food and my body image. I think it’s a mild form.”
He continued: “Men, especially, don’t always seem to have eating disorders and it’s hard to talk about it.”
In 2012, Daley won a bronze medal in the men’s 10-meter race at the London Olympics and a second bronze medal. in Rio 2016.
At the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Daley and his partner Matty Lee won gold.
Daley’s husband is screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
After winning a gold medal, Daley indeed hopes his victory to be an example for the LGBTQ community.
“When I was younger, I thought I would never become or achieve anything,” he said.
In his new interview, Daley also revealed his views on the sexualization of athletes’ bodies.
“A lot of people would look at athletes and say, ‘What are you talking about? You’re an athlete, you’re in shape, you don’t have to worry,'” he explained.
“But especially as a diver you stand on the diving board and you are so naked, so visible that it is quite difficult to be satisfied with your body because you want to get better and better.”
Additionally, the athlete said that even in his worst days, he had reason to resist: his three-year-old son, Robbie.
“It’s tough some days like it is for everyone, but I want to give (my son) Robbie a good example of hard work, that you don’t just get things and your best is okay,” he said.
“I want to be able to convey that to Robbie, it’s not about what medal you win, it’s about your attitude.”
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