Jonathon Moran, The Daily Telegraph, reports
Daniel Macpherson was a chubby kid bullied at school. He's anything but now and hopes he can be a positive role model for young boys and girls being picked on because of their weight.
This week he posted a series of instagram photographs of himself as a "chubby" child to motivate other young kids to be healthy.
"I was the fat kid and then there was the guy who was good at running and then there was the funny guy," Macpherson told Confidential.
"It was just part of going to school for me. I guess the most poignant issues now are that I haven't put my hand up to be a crusader for bullying as such. But bullying now has a term and a name. Back then it was just what you did as a kid. Certainly sports and a healthy lifestyle completely changed my life. To me, it is about giving other kids that are going through that awkward teenage phase hope. The truth is your teenage years can really suck."
The popular TV presenter and actor is back home in Sydney on holidays catching up with family and friends.
He's been based in Los Angeles for the past few years and heads back there in a week. In September he will compete in the Iron Man 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, having qualified at an event in California last March.