Tom Daley discusses his eating disorder struggle

Diver Tom Daley has a “weird” relationship with food and his weight and used to force himself to be sick

The 27-year-old diver told how he used to force himself to be sick in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, and still has a “strange” relationship with food and his weight that sees him step onto the scales every day.

“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.”

Tom insisted his issues have nothing to do with public scrutiny but stem from what he was told in his training.

He added: “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.

“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.”

Tom – who has three-year-old son Robbie with husband Dustin Lance Black – admitted some of the photoshoots he took part in in his younger years would be deemed inappropriate now, though he insisted he never felt he was being taken advantage of.

He told The Guardian : “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.”

Author Profile

Sarah Meere
Sarah Meere
Executive Editor

Sarah looks after corporate enquiries and relationships for UKFilmPremieres, CelebEvents, ShowbizGossip, Celeb Management brands for the MarkMeets Group. Sarah works for numerous media brands across the UK.


Leave a Reply