Meet Choon Tan, Britain’s Smallest Bodybuilder At 4ft 10in

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Meet Choon Tan – Britain’s smallest bodybuilder.

Choon, 21, is Britain’s smallest competitive bodybuilder at only 4ft 10in. he has a rare genetic birth defect called x-linked spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda, which impairs bone growth and can cause pain and other physical complications, reports.

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Choon told the Metro:

Finding out that I had a genetic defect and that I would not be the same as everyone else confused me as a child.

I didn’t feel that I was as good or the same as everyone else. I got bullied and tormented because of it.

Those several years were undoubtedly the worst of my life, but it is what led me to an incredible eye-opening journey.

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He felt as he was smaller he would try and grow the only way he could, through bodybuilding, to help build his self-confidence.

He started by changing his diet and doing weight exercise sessions five times a week. Not only did it allow him to cope with his condition physically, it also helped him mentally, as he suffered from depression at various points in his life.

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Now Choon competes in the Men’s Physique section for the UKBFF Federation, and wants to inspire more people like him to change their lives.

He says:

My main ambition now is to inspire people to believe in themselves. And to know that they too can change their lives, no matter what the situation.