The 23 year old bravely shared before and after pictures of his body as he opened up about his struggle with eating disorders

Harry Derbidge has spoken out about his battle with an eating disorder.

The former TOWIE star has opened up about his struggle, admitting he would often go for days without eating.

Harry posted a side-by-side comparison of his body on Instagram, with a candid caption talking honestly about his experience of eating disorders and his journey to recovery

In the picture on the left, 16 year old Harry weighs just seven stone. In his ‘after’ picture, Harry looks great and healthy as he is now in the topless shot.

#transformation 💁🏼‍♂️ my journey with an eating disorder was a struggle and I know I'm not a muscle pump up pete now but where I am right now I have never felt and looked better in myself. 🙌🏼 The image on the left aged 16 I was 7 stone and very unhealthy and could go a day without eating, I also had a fear of food which can be diagnosed as a 'food phobia'. I had made my stomach so tiny that I could eat 2 bites of food and be full which was very unhealthy and made me very weak. The image on the right was taken a couple of months ago and is how I look and feel right now. I eat 3/4 meals a day and without my family and friends I could not have done it. My mum who is also my best friend was by my side and helped me overcome this and with months of making myself sick with the phobia of trying new foods I have now overcome the eating disorder and feel so amazing now when I eat and I feel stronger, healthy and happier in myself. Eating disorder are not common in men, not because we don't have them but because many men choose not to talk about them and ignore it. I am here to say it is ok and without the help and love I had I would never feel as amazing as I do today and I want to help many people facing eating disorders and together we can kick it in the ass! 🙌🏼 Now all I need is a cute six pack 🙌🏼 #positivevibes #healthy #healthylifestyle #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorder #menshealth

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“I had a fear of food which can be diagnosed as a ‘food phobia’,” he explains. “I had made my stomach so tiny that I could eat 2 bites of food and be full which was very unhealthy and made me very weak.”

Now Harry eats three to four meals a day, and has thanked his family and friends for their support.

“My mum who is also my best friend was by my side and helped me overcome this and with months of making myself sick with the phobia of trying new foods I have now overcome the eating disorder and feel so amazing now when I eat and I feel stronger, healthier and happier in myself.”

Brave Harry has vowed to help other men (and women) to defeat eating disorders after his progress, and fans have praised the star for raising awareness of the disease.

“Congratulations don’t underestimate the good you have done sharing this with nearly 3k people,” wrote one. Another commented, “You’re so strong, well done harry.”

One fan said: “You look amazing Harry. It’s so kind of you to share your story and will undoubtedly help so many other male sufferers to seek help. Wishing you lots of health and happiness”

Well done Harry for speaking out about such an important issue.