Sam Attwater: ‘I was bulimic and bullied’

Sam Attwater has revealed he became bulimic as a young teen after being bullied over his weight.

The former EastEnders star – now wowing viewers with his skating moves on Dancing On Ice – said he developed the eating disorder at the age of just 13, when he weighed around 16 stone.

“I felt overweight and I wasn’t happy with myself, and I didn’t want to go to school because of the bullying,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“So I was just putting loads of salt in water, drinking it and then throwing it up before I went to school. It was also a way of looking as if I was ill, so I wouldn’t have to go to school… I didn’t do that for long. I know my bulimia could have spiralled out of control but it didn’t thankfully.”

Sam revealed he also developed a gym addiction when he landed a part on Hollyoaks in 2009 – but later stopped going when he got the role of boxer Leon Small in EastEnders last January.

“I was addicted. I didn’t eat anything bad. I didn’t drink. I stopped going out, in fact I was boring,” the 24-year-old said.

“Looking back, I wasn’t fat at all when I started training so hard – it was all about my negative body image at the time. Probably a hangover from when I was fat.

“I think I just grew out of it all. Now I’m so busy acting, singing and skating that I’m just enjoying every minute. Now when I look in the mirror I’m happy.”

Multi-talented Sam – who has just released his own EP – said he’s busy concentrating on Dancing On Ice.

He added: “I’d love to win, but I have as good a chance as everyone else.”