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Admitting to struggling with body issues - having spent most of his time in the spotlight in a pair of tiny swimming trunks - Tom, 27, told The Guardian: 'I used to make myself throw up, in 2012. I weigh myself every day. I’ve had a very strange relationship with food and my body image.
'I guess it is a mild form of [eating disorder]. Men always seem to not have eating disorders, and it’s hard to talk about it. But I would consider myself to be someone that has very much struggled with body image, and eating, and feeling guilty and shameful of the things that I eat.
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'You have these body issues as an athlete. Lots of people would look at athletes and be like: “What are you talking about? You’re an athlete, you’re in shape, you have nothing to worry about.”
'But especially as a diver, you’re up on the diving board and you’re so naked, so visible, so it’s quite hard to be content with your body, because you always want to be better.'
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Tom revealed that he was pressured to lose weight to perform better.
'I don’t think the body image issues come from anything to do with the media. My body image [issues] came from within my sport – it was hammered into me that I was overweight and needed to lose weight in order to perform,' he said.
Tom said: 'You have these body issues as an athlete. Lots of people would look at athletes and be like: “What are you talking about? You’re an athlete, you’re in shape, you have nothing to worry about..."' [pictured at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan in July 2021]
Battles: Tom would force himself to be sick in 2012 - the year of the London Olympics [pictured competing in the Men's 10m Platform Semifinal in 2012]
The father-of-one also spoke about being a teenage diver and taking part in photoshoots that, today, seem inappropriate.
'I don’t know if there would be shoots of maybe 14-, 15-, 16-year-old boys in their trunks, with water thrown all over them, now. I know there definitely wouldn’t be girls doing that.
'It’s hard to say what’s right and what’s wrong. Looking back, it made me feel more mature; I never felt taken advantage of in any way.'
'I don’t know if there would be shoots of maybe 14-, 15-, 16-year-old boys in their trunks, with water thrown all over them, now!' The father-of-one also spoke about being a teenage diver and taking part in photoshoots that, today, seem inappropriate
This comes after Tom scooped an Attitude Award at the 2021 ceremony at the Camden Roundhouse in London on Wednesday evening.
The Olympic diver picked up the Sport award on the night while pop group Steps, the Netflix series Sex Education and singer Elaine Paige were also honoured.
The Attitude Awards showcase the very best of the global LGBTQ community and give a platform to role models while supporting the Attitude Magazine Foundation, which raises money for LGBT causes.
Inspiration: Tom led the stars receiving gongs at the Attitude Awards 2021 held at the Camden Roundhouse in London on Wednesday evening
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