Emily Clarkson, daughter of one of Britain’s most recognisable television stars, has revealed her battle with body image issues and bullying in her new book Can I Speak to Someone in Charge? The 23-year-old reveals how she hated her body and dreamed of being thinner: ‘I used to squeeze my eyes shut, cross my fingers and wish that when I woke up in the morning I would be thin. I did this every night.’
She also reveals how she would compare herself to her classmates, pinpoint the parts of her body she hated the most, and cry: ‘I would grab fat rolls on my stomach and squeeze them together so tightly there were finger marks.’
Emily also talks about how she was bullied as a result of her famous father in the chapter ‘Dear Online Trolls’. She discusses how she was referred to as a ‘bloated mess’ and ‘lump of lard’, which brought on feelings of depression.
Even though Emily experienced all of these issues, she is keen to spread a strong and positive message about self-love. She reveals that she has now accepted herself for who she is and wants young people going through the same thing to know that there is hope: ‘To anyone currently being bullied at school and feeling that it will never end because the perpetrators will always be more powerful and more successful and more good-looking than you, you need to remember that people like this never grow up to be people that you, or they, thought they would. Trust me.’
There are various groups at the UCKG HelpCentre to help different people, one of them being the Victory Youth Group (VYG). With thousands of youths attending the VYG all over the UK, as well as internationally, this group aims to help young people build their self-confidence and develop their talent and skills to be successful young people.
The VYG also helps young people overcome any issue they may be going through. With lots of young mentors who have overcome their own problems, they have experience in guiding the youth in the right direction.
This isn’t your average youth group! The VYG thrives on helping youths become the best version of themselves and gives them a chance to participate in great activities and events.
If you are aged between 14–25 years and are interested in joining the VYG, please call our 24-hr helpline on 020 7686 6000, or visit the VYG website for more information.