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Comedian Dave laughing after award recognises eating disorder work

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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A STAND-UP comic who beat anorexia said he couldn’t have felt more out of place after going to collect an award in the Houses of Parliament.

Dave Chawner, who grew up in Barton under Needwood, was nominated for the gong by the charity Beat for using comedy to get people talking about eating disorders.

Mr Chawner collected his award at a glittering ceremony in London.

Not surprisingly, he was in jocular mood.

“This is the only time I will be able to call myself an award-wining comic,” he joked.

“I was absolutely blown away.

“This sort of thing doesn’t happen to people like me.

“I was really humbled to be there. It was the day when the Queen opened Parliament and I couldn’t have been more out of place.”

Mr Chawner has toured the length and breadth of Britain with his ‘Over It’ routine, based on his own experiences with anorexia.

He was hospitalised aged 19 after his pulse dropped dangerously low after ‘coffee loading’ – a tactic which he said anorexics used to substitute food for coffee to boost energy levels.

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