Describing himself as the “nerdy kid being picked last for the football team”, Joshua Poh grew up struggling with confidence. Due to a premature birth situation, the 25-year-old marketing consultant has a crooked lip which significantly affected his ability to speak and articulate his words well. As a result, he was bullied in school.
“This was a major downer as socially I became extremely awkward and shy because I didn’t want to let
Over the years, Darren Ho lost himself in the process of building his career with his various start-ups and ended up doubling his weight, gaining nearly 70kg over the years to hit his heaviest of 146kg.
“It was hard to move all that weight around,” said the 34-year-old triathlete and nutritionist, who stands at 1.76 metres tall. “I also suffered from bad eczema, asthma, headaches, sleep apnea and woke up every day with swollen ankles.”
I recall the horror that would overwhelm me when I saw the digits on the scale increase, before I proceeded to slap myself and dig my nails deep to scratch along the sides of my face and forearms.
I wouldn’t stop until I bled, as it was ‘punishment’ to myself for eating and “gaining weight”. Only 18 years of age then, it was such a strong obsession with weight loss that I got sucked into.
I wasn’t born chubby, but I gained a
I was bullied throughout the time I was in kindergarten up to Primary 6. I was called names like “Pig”, “Chicken” and “Fat Cow”, yet in reality, I was not really that fat at all. I was neither overweight nor close to being overweight; I was merely somewhat plump with baby fats. However, because of the words that labelled me, for years I truly believed I was fat and ugly and therefore, did not deserve friends or to be loved.
It was not just words.
I grew up as a small-sized girl and weight image issues barely bugged me until I was 19. I went to Australia to study in 2007 and gained 13kg in a year because I didn’t know better – I didn’t exercise and I ate as the natives ate. When I came back to Singapore two years later, all my friends started telling me I was fat and that I resembled a ball. Desperate to lose weight, I tried different diet plans, including diet pills and many crash diets. In the end, my weight