High school is difficult – especially so if there’s something about your physical appearance that sets you apart from the crowd. And that was the case for David Laid from Atlantic City. When he was 14 he was so skinny – at 5’7” he weighed just 98 pounds – that his classmates nicknamed him “chicken legs.” And the taunting had a catastrophic effect on his self-esteem, to the extent that he didn’t even want to wear a bathing suit on the beach like all the other kids. Clearly, something had to be done. But what he did, and the result it had on his physical appearance, will shock you.
By the time Laid made it into education, moreover, his life had already been tinged by tragedy: his father died in a freak accident in Laid’s home country of Estonia when the boy was just two years old. Later, his mother moved the family to America, where she set up a café and sent her son to school.
Naturally, the loss of his father haunted Laid and knocked his self-confidence. And the casual cruelty of high school life didn’t help, either. Indeed, he was not only teased by the other kids on his hockey team but also by, of all people, the coach.