Tuesday 17 October 2017

Young man fat-shamed on social media after festival photo now set to kickstart career as personal trainer

Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
The photo of Paul which went viral online
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore

Ryan O'Rourke

A Cork man who dealt with fat shaming and abusive comments on social media after his photo was published in a magazine has lost 10 stone and is now set to qualify as a full-time personal trainer.

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville show on Cork’s Red FM, Paul Gerard Moore opened up about his downward spiral of drinking and self-harm before he decided to change his life.

"I was drinking very heavily, like four litres every day, and on top of that I was secretly self-harming," Paul said.

"That went on for about six or seven months and nobody knew because I was still portraying that I was such a happy person."

Paul spoke out earlier this year about losing seven stone after an unflattering photograph snapped at an Australian festival went viral online.

The photograph of himself shirtless upon a friend’s shoulders appeared in a magazine and was shared more than 30,000 times while he lived in Australia.

The photo of Paul which went viral online
The photo of Paul which went viral online

He has now kick-started his career as a personal-trainer, and has lost a further three stone.

Paul spoke about the comments that he read on Facebook under the photo, which included ones saying he "should kill himself" and his parents "should have drowned him" because of his figure.

Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore

Paul used these comments as motivation. He once weighed 22 stone, and he is now down to 12 stone; "a lot of which is muscle," he added.

The Cork man, living in Sydney, Australia, spoke about the importance of working out for his mental health and said he now hits the gym instead of "bottling it all up".

Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore
Before and After: Paul Gerard Moore

Paul stressed how dangerous online trolling can be and said that, although his situation turned out positively, it could have had the opposite effect.

"It could have been my family on here talking to you instead, about the loss of their son to suicide," he said.

Paul hopes to work with children and overweight people in bootcamps, and says he can relate to people who are trying to lose weight.

"It was a horrible thing to happen, but if I can help at least one other person it will make it worth it," he said.

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