Corrie's Colson Smith undergoes lifestyle overhaul after decade of weight jibes
Coronation Street star Colson Smith is sharing his weight loss progress after mean comments about his looks prompted him to undergo a lifestyle overhaul.
The actor, who plays Craig Tinker on the soap, said he had been subjected to nasty jibes ‘every single day of my life for 10 years’.
After taking up running during lockdown the TV star is seeing the benefits and wants to use his experience to help others who might be thinking of taking up a more active lifestyle.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Colson revealed that ‘everything feels better’ since he decided to look after his health, and has seen benefits in his personal and professional life.
The 22-year-old said: ‘To lose weight you have to have a lifestyle change, you have to have a more healthy, more active, a better lifestyle for you which has a knock on effect.
‘I don’t think I realised…because when I was the fat kid I didn’t realise what I was doing to myself or the way I was feeling like I felt, now I kind of feel like there’s more hours in the day.
‘I feel more energised in everything that I do. I feel an improvement in my work, I feel an improvement in my social life. Everything just feels better because I’m putting myself first and giving myself the opportunity to be the best that I can be.’
In a further chat with Radio 1 Newsbeat, Colson said he first saw trolls targeting him for his looks at age 11 when he went online to see what people thought of him in Corrie.
‘The comments which stuck with me were about the way I look,’ he said, ‘that was something I’ve had every single day of my life for the past 10 years and I will continue to have throughout my career.’
The actor is gearing up to release YouTube documentary Bored of Being The Fat Kid which he hopes will ‘help me get out of my head that I’m not fat anymore’.
Colson added: ‘I see myself as a fat kid who has tried to change their life and has found that if you do it for yourself, when you put yourself first and find something you enjoy – like I have with running – it’s a darn sight easier for yourself.’
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