UK sports model Andre Dcruz says, "Me and Body Dysmorphia. So this is a subject that has been very sensitive to me for many years and I am still trying to overcome. For years I have really struggled with how I look and from an outsiders perspective they will think I am seeking attention but in reality it’s an issue I have had to deal with."
"It mainly stems back to my school days were I was bullied and picked on about the way I looked and did suffer a fair amount of racist abuse. Obviously stuff like this sticks with you and that’s one of the reasons I got into training and the gym in general."
"Training in the gym for fun when I was younger soon turned into something serious and that something serious was bodybuilding. I truly love it and the art of transforming your physique through hard work is priceless. However, this soon became an addiction and not in a ‘healthy’ way. After a fair amount fitness competitions and many photoshoots I became very obsessed with a certain way I ‘needed’ to look."
"That classic saying: you only see your flaws in the mirror. Well.. this was very true for me and people used to always say how good I was looking but I never acknowledged it as I wanted my own eyes to see it first. Some people think I was seeking attention when I used to talk about how I wasn’t happy with my body but I was serious."
"I have finally accepted that you can’t be looking a certain way every second of the day. Do I always look ripped? No. Am I always jacked? No. Am I below 10% body fat all year round? No. It is not sustainable and healthy to be like this most the time. There are many people who ‘claim’ they are like this but in reality it’s a load of bullshit."
"For me it’s really about my health both physically and mentally. It’s also about being a fit human being and not just focusing on ‘looks’. I have always been open and honest about everything and wanted to share this with everyone. At the end of the day accept you and your body and be you.".