Alison Hammond says she feels like she’s ‘at the bottom of a pit’ in obesity battle

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She's previously been open about her struggles with her weight, and now Alison Hammond has compared her battle to being "at the bottom of a pit".

The presenter, who previously expressed her worries over getting the Covid-19 jab, was interviewing actress Davinia Taylor on This Morning after the star lost three stone.

The 46 year old said: "There will be people watching who are in it now, myself included. I am literally in it.

"You kind of feel like you're at the bottom of a pit and you've got to claw out of it. Where do you start?"

Davinia, 43, told her that it's all about "counting chemicals – not calories."

She continued: "I eat on depression. When I'm upset or stressed I reach for carbohydrates.

"After my mum died I was doing that constantly. I gave up alcohol 13 years ago so I knew I couldn't turn to that, so I turned to carbohydrates and sugar instead. I couldn't stop.

"What I didn't realise is that a few ingredients in there were triggering me to be more depressed.

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"The one I found out – more than sugar – is vegetable oil and seed oil, which actually just makes you depressed. It's not meant to be in our diet, but it's everywhere.

"When I cut that out, all of a sudden my body started functioning better and I could metabolise the food I was storing, get rid of it and improve my mood then start exercising."

In 2016, Alison told Bella magazine: "My poor body might not be able to cope for much longer, so I have to help it out by taking weight off.

“I’d love to weigh 12 stone. That’s the ideal weight for my height – I’m 5ft 9in – but if I got to 15 stone and around a size 14 to 16, I’d be over the moon.”

Alison's candidness comes after she said her late mum would have been "over the moon" watching her host on This Morning.

She explained: "She would have been over the moon! This Morning was always a staple in our family home growing up, it was just one of those shows that was always on in the house.

"When I was watching Richard and Judy back then I never thought that I’d ever be one of the hosts!"

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