16/04/2012 09:57 BST | Updated 24/07/2012 02:05 BST

Marc Corn, Anorexic Man Can Only Eat Chocolate Mousse And Custard After Bullying Made Him Fear Solid Food

Source: Barcroft Media

Recovering anorexic Marc Corn only eats chocolate mousse and custard since childhood bullies left him with a fear of solid food.

The 23-year-old suffers panic attacks unless his food is soft and fears he is going to choke.

Marc, from Basildon, Essex, eats ten Tesco value chocolate mousses, four pots of Ambrosia custard and three vitamin shakes each day.

He also drinks around ten cups of tea. But the idea of eating anything different - particularly solid food - leaves him terrified.

Marc, who now weighs just 7st 12lbs (110lbs), spoke out about his eating disorder after NHS figures last week revealed hospital admissions for male sufferers of eating disorders had doubled since last year.

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Marc, who also suffers from cerebral palsy, weighed less than 7 stone (98lbs) at his thinnest

He said: "When I was 14 I weighed 17 stone (238lbs) and was tormented by bullies who called me fat.

"I pretty much stopped eating solid food and was surviving on cans of Coke.

"I got incredibly skinny, you could see all my bones jutting out. But I preferred looking like that to feeling fat.

"At my skinniest I weighed less than 7 stone (98lbs). I barely ate anything. But with the help of my family I'm on the road to recovery.

"Now I can't eat solid food and I refuse to eat in front of people. But at least I can eat - and that's something.

"I can't pinpoint exactly what it is, but I really am scared of eating solid food."

It is estimated that 20 per cent of the 1.6million people with eating disorders in the UK are male.

As a child Marc says he used to gorge on sweets and takeaways and was a stone and a half overweight by the time he was nine, weighing six stone.

He said: "I loved food. If somebody left something on their plate I would eat it.

"I loved chips and kebabs. I used to wake up at 5am and eats tons of chocolate bars that were in the cupboards."

But after being targeted by other children at school he shed around 10 stone (140lbs) between the ages of 14 and 19.

He said: "I was teased and called fatty at school. I felt so ashamed that I became obsessed with losing weight.

"I used to eat in my room but was consuming less and less. I used hold my arms under a hot lamp hoping it would make me lose more weight."

His worried parents, Daniel, 59, and Janice, 50, took him to see an eating specialist who diagnosed Marc as suffering from anorexia.

With the support of his family Marc began eating yogurt and scrambled egg in a bid to increase his weight.

Marc, who suffers from cerebral palsy and can't work, said: "My family made me see what I was doing was dangerous and they are helping me to beat my demons.

"I still don't like to eat in front of anyone but at least I am not starving myself.

"I won't eat anything during the day and I sleep at lot because my cerebral palsy causes me pain.

"At 10pm I will eat something in my room, then have more at about 4am."

Mother, Janice, also unemployed due to disability, said: "We still worry about Marc although he says he has it under control.

"I would like to see him put on weight and I like him to eat at the table with the family again.

"He used to eating anything and everything but suddenly stopped after being bullied.

"It's a long road to recovery but we're proud that he had recognised his illness."