When she was a teenager, Cheryl resorted to extreme measures to lose weight. Now, she’s an advocate of body positivity.
The strong desire to be skinny drove Cheryl Tay to extreme weight loss measures when she was 18. Obsessed with getting the digits on the scale to come down, she tried all sorts of methods from over-exercising to starvation to pills, and even resorted to self-harm to punish herself.
After more than a decade of eating disorders and negative self-image, Cheryl found her confidence through fitness, and is an active lifestyle advocate.
Currently competing in Ironman triathlons, Cheryl started Rock The Naked Truth in 2016, a body positivity movement that encourages people to be comfortable in their own skin and overcome their insecurities – because there is so much more to life than your weight.
She has also started a weekly running club ROCKrunners and a triathlon initiative for women called ROCKtri Ladies, as well as organised wellness workshops, fitness events and body positivity campaigns with various brands.
“It is really amazing to discover how much the body is capable of. We often think we are not strong enough, not good enough, but we are actually a lot more than that.
“Building this community to help others has in turn helped me with my own personal growth as well. I hope to continue spreading the message of body positivity and encourage more people to get out of their comfort zones.
“I have a few triathlons and running races lined up this year. I’m looking forward to continue exploring the limits of my body!” she said.
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This feature is part of Shape Singapore’s initiative to honour inspiring women in sports and fitness, who are using their positions to positively impact society in 2020 and beyond.