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15 Celebrities Who Say They Were Overweight As Kids

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Several famous actors, musicians, and TV personalities were fat kids. Some of these people who were fat have shared stories of being teased as children, while other former fat kids have become spokespeople for health and wellness.

You may be surprised by who you will find on this list. Ryan Seacrest lands in our top spot. The American Idol host was a chubby kid, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a radio host. He said, "When I was 10, 11, 12 years old, I would pretend to be on the radio. I bought a mixer and these big, ugly headphones and I would literally broadcast the cassette tapes in my bedroom." 

Former Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson was also overweight; while as a teenager, Kate Winslet stated that her weight was an obstacle to getting roles as a young actress. Other famous people who were fat include Russell Brand, Kesha, and Jerry O'Connell.

Are you surprised that so many celebs were fat growing up? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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  • Ryan Seacrest was a chubby kid, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a radio host. He said, "When I was 10, 11, 12 years old, I would pretend to be on the radio. I bought a mixer and these big, ugly headphones and I would literally broadcast the cassette tapes in my bedroom."
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    • Gender: Male
    • Credits: American Idol,E! News,American Juniors,The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards

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    Kate Winslet stated that her weight was an obstacle in getting roles as a young actress. "I was the fat kid at the back of the line who often didn’t even get seen for the audition because her name began with a W," she said. "They would run out of time when they got to R. I often wouldn’t even get in the door."
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
    • Gender: Female
    • Credits: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road, Finding Neverland

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  • He may be Superman now, but Henry Cavill was chubby growing up. "I was a fat kid so I was an easy target," he said. “'Fat Cavill' was the nickname, which was a totally fair nickname, because I was fat."
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
    • Gender: Male
    • Credits: Man of Steel,The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,Immortals,Stardust

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    Russell Brand is known for his long hair and thin frame, but he was overweight as a child. "I was a fat kid, not obese but chubby," he said.
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Essex, England, UK
    • Gender: Male
    • Credits: Get Him to the Greek, Arthur, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hop Hop

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