Great British Bake Off star Laura Adlington has taken to Instagram to share a moving post about obesity following Alison Hammond revelations on This Morning.
Laura, 32, was a finalist in the BBC show in 2020, and has openly admitted to her 208k followers that Alison’s open chat about the topic left her in tears.
The reality star took to her Instagram share a picture on Alison in tears on the ITV show and a video of the moment Alison broke down when discussing the delicate issue.
Laura wrote: “Today I watched in tears as @alisonhammond55 talked about her struggle with her weight on This Morning.
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“I love Alison (always have) and I fully support everything she said. Living in a bigger body is not a choice; it is a hard and real struggle, and there is little to no support out there for people who want it.”
Laura continued: “For a long time I have felt that people who grapple with their weight and disordered eating are, sadly, not met with the same empathy or support as people with anorexia or other eating disorders. We are made to feel worthless on a daily basis, told we are lazy, and encouraged to simply ‘eat less, move more’.
“The reality is, it’s not that simple. The reasons people over-eat are very complex. To see someone as high-profile and amazing as Alison talk about this today was heartbreaking but so refreshing. And I genuinely hope it leads to more acceptance and understanding.”
Her post clearly hit a nerve with fans who were quick to share their experiences with the reality favorite.
One wrote: “Yes! I so agree with this. I watched it and was in tears too as it’s all so true and sad. Larger people aren’t treated the same – fatphobia is a very real thing. I saw a post a while back that really resonated with me that said “even if we all ate the same and all exercised the same we would all look different” and I do really believe this. I have to take thyroid tablets to get some semblance of a metabolism.”
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Another shared: “Food is an addiction but its not as easy to overcome as other addictions in my opinion as there’s no age limit on food, it’s not illegal, it’s advertised everywhere and it’s what you need to live. It’s like saying to a heroine addict you can have a tiny amount of drugs but not enough to scratch your itch and then have them offered the drug everywhere they look. You couldn’t expect them to refuse it so unfair to expect someone with an eating disorder to do so.”
While a third penned: “It was refreshing to see this. I’m a size 24, I exercise, I eat well most of the time but I have pcos and an under active thyroid and nearly 47, the odds are already stacked against me! There are so many of us out there who all feel like this. Love everyone. Xx it made me cry too.”
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