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Dave up for charity award for highlighting eating disorders in stand-up routine

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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A STAND-up comic who beat anorexia has been put forward for an eating disorder charity award for his work highlighting issues about body image.

The charity Beat nominated comedian Dave Chawner for the innovation category of its volunteer recognition awards for using his comedy act to get people talking about eating disorders.

The 25-year-old, who grew up in Barton under Needwood, will attend the awards ceremony next month at the Houses of Parliament in London.

Mr Chawner has also worked as a spokesman for Beat and will host an event at London’s Comedy Store later this year to raise money for the charity.

He said: “I was so chuffed and overwhelmed to be nominated, but also a bit embarrassed.

“There will be all of these key workers and people who have done these incredible things, but I have just been doing my job and a bit of comedy.”

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 use to substitute food for coffee to boost energy levels.

Mr Chawner told the Mail he was nominated for the award for using his show to get eating disorders under the public spotlight.

He said: “Because of the tour and my show, it is recognition for trying to get it out in the general public and to get people realising that men can be anorexic.

“It’s about educating people and to get people talking about it in a non-preachy freak show kind of way.

“The whole show is meant to send a positive message of how you are never ‘over it’ but how you can deal with issues.”

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