Clayton Echard is opening up about his battle with body dysmorphia.
The 28-year-old sales representative and former football player were guests on Speak out to Bachelor Nation, where he shared that he was very worried about how he would appear on television due to his body’s many difficulties.
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On the latest episode of the dating show, Clayton said that he “hated” himself as a child after being teased for his looks. These insecurities continue in his journey across Bachelor.
“How will I look in front of the camera? I remember that was a big thought I had. The camera adds 10 pounds. How will I be looking at the camera when this is played back? ‘ Clayton told the podcast host Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo. “I’ll be honest with you, I was scared. Here we are going to find out how I look in front of the camera right now. I had no idea. I fear it will send me into a dark spiral. I was like, ‘You look fat. Here you are. You look chubby in front of the camera. ‘”
He also told fans who questioned why he decided to go topless on the show, asking: “If he doesn’t want to show off his body, why is he doing it now? “
“I’m in a better place and I’m fine with it now because I’ve had enough people say, ‘Hey, you sound like you’re in good shape,'” he explains. “But all it took was three comments in a row to say, ‘You look pretty fat.’ That’s all it takes. Suddenly, it brings you right back to that negative thought. That kind of power of body disorder; The fear about it is that you never really get rid of it. “
While Clayton says he knows body dysmorphia is something he’ll need to work on consistently, he’s been able to “control it in some areas” through diet and exercise.
“It’s a controllable choice, but it requires a lot of effort,” he said. “I think that’s where you have to commit to saying, ‘OK, listen. I will do a diet. I will commit to a workout plan. I would tell myself that this won’t be fixed for a day, but every day I wake up, I’m still better than the day before. As long as I work out today, I’ve done something today to put me in a better position, where I wake up tomorrow and I’ll be a better person, a better individual. and get closer to that goal I’m trying to achieve. ‘”
However, he warned listeners not to make “these big changes all at once”.
“Everybody wants to make these huge changes at the same time and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to cut calories, I’m going to do this new workout plan.’ That could be a recipe for disaster,” he said. “You will probably overwork your body with this new workout plan, which requires more calories, but now you are cutting calories, so now your body is metabolically damaged. and you actually lower your metabolism. It’s this whole beast where people want to see these big changes, so they make big changes… Take your time to figure out what works best for you and understand that it just takes time. to get there. ”
The reality TV star went on to explain that “the hard part about body dysmorphia is that it’s very intuitive”, telling the hosts: “Unless you can change the way you see yourself, you’ll never really be moved because that’s what you see. Everyone wants to see a picture, everyone wants to look in the mirror and say: ‘I really like what I saw today.’ It’s not a quick fix, it never will be. Body dysfunction, you can’t snap your fingers and it’s gone.”
Be sure to tune in Bachelor on Monday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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