I went under the knife as I was SICK of fat shame: Snooker star SHAUN MURPHY on his eating addiction
I Went Under The Knife Because I Was SICK Of Being Ashamed: Snooker Star SHAUN MURPHY On His Addiction To Food — And Why Losing Four Stones Can Help Bring Back The Good Times While Taking Inspiration From Super Fit Ronnie O’Sullivan
- Snooker star Shaun Murphy had stomach surgery earlier this year
- He’s lost about four stones since surgery in May
- Murphy Has Revealed He Had Surgery Due To Unkind Comments On Social Media
- Murphy won the World Championship in 2005, but has struggled lately
- The 40-year-old feels his weight loss could help him rediscover his best form
- He’s inspired by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who stays in good shape into his 40s
Snooker star Shaun Murphy has revealed that he has had stomach surgery to get his faltering career back on track.
The 2005 world champion admitted the heartache of being ashamed of his decision on social media, as did the breakdown of his marriage last year and long-term injury problems. Murphy, now 40, wants to turn things around – on and off the table.
“I’ve been through a lot of things in my life that contributed to the worst season of my career last season,” Murphy said. Sports post. “It’s been incredibly tough and one thing I’ve always struggled with is my weight.
Snooker star Shaun Murphy has struggled with his shape and weight in recent years
The 40-year-old underwent stomach surgery in May and has since lost four stones
“It was a big decision to go under the knife, but I accepted that I wasn’t able to manage my weight. I had surgery in May and so far I have lost about four stones.
“My weight has always fluctuated, but it comes down to discipline and I had to do something about it to give me the best possible chance of being successful in the last third of my career.
“This past year has been one of the hardest, if not the hardest of my life. Me and my wife Elaine broke up which was difficult as we have two kids. I started to eat a lot more. Like alcohol, it’s an addiction, but it’s not talked about much.
“Me and Elaine are trying to reconcile for the time being, but the breakdown of our marriage and my weight and injury problems clearly made the game of snooker very difficult. It was secondary to everything else.
Murphy has said he had surgery after getting tired of being fat on social media
“But I decided to do something about it because I’m tired of getting fat on social media and not feeling good about myself. At this year’s World Cup, I didn’t fit well in my suit and didn’t feel well. I’m far from the finished article, but I’m heading in the right direction. This is a new start for me at 40, I just want to enjoy my snooker and feel good about myself.”
With a sleeve gastrectomy, a large part of the stomach is removed, so that you can eat less and feel full faster.
“The surgery is irreversible, so it was a huge decision,” admits Murphy. “I understand that as a high-profile athlete you expect a stick on social media, but the personal attacks are really cruel.
“I had 80 percent of my stomach removed, so now I can eat very little. It’s pretty much impossible for me to ever put on weight again. I went to Weight Watchers and really enjoyed it and I’ve lost weight my entire career – it’s yo-yo if I’ve been on a diet and exercise. But I was listening to Steve Davis in the commentary field at this year’s World Championship and something touched me. He didn’t aim his comment at me, but he said it was no secret that the fitter players, the ones who took care of themselves, dominated.
“Just look at Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is the player who has looked after himself the most and he has just won a seventh world title at the age of 46. He gets better as he gets older. And many of the other tournament winners like Neil Robertson and Judd Trump are fit. John Higgins lost weight by spinning and I know a lot of pros have Peloton bikes to keep fit.”
Murphy is inspired by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who kept himself in great shape
Murphy won a world title in 2005 and wants to get back to that level of performance
Murphy became famous in 2005 when he won the World Championship in the Crucible as a 150-1 outsider. But his last league win was the Welsh Open before the pandemic. Now, after surgery, he wants silverware again.
“I’ve won something like this every year, but last season was mediocre,” Murphy recalls. ‘I want to win more. I’ve been to four world finals and only won one, I’d love to win it again.
“I know the other guys can’t do anything I can’t, but my health has let me down. I still have small goals, like reaching number 1 in the world, which I never achieved. But I grew up in a generation of the Class of ’92 – O’Sullivan, Higgins and Mark Williams – losing to great players like Mark Selby and Robertson in grand finals. The standard is so high, but there’s still life in me!’