Alison Hammond broke down in tears on This Morning as she discussed her battle with ‘obesity’.
The TV presenter was listening to a phone-in guest on the programme’s Dear Deirdre segment of March 4 when she became emotional.
It all started when the caller asked for advice on her daughter, who she claimed is ‘overeating’.
Through tears, Hammond said: “I’ve had obesity all my life. Your regulation system is out of whack. You can’t control wanting to eat. A lot of people don’t realise obesity is a disease.
“I just think people look down on people because they’re so big and they can’t help it when you have a disease.
“You can’t actually help it. You want to eat and you want the bad things and you know you don’t look great.”
Hammond was then asked by Deidre what advice she would give the caller, to which she replied: “She needs help.
“NHS needs to see it more as a disease. People help people who are anorexic but they don’t help people who are overweight.
“That’s why they turn to surgery because they don’t know what to do.”
Viewers took to Twitter and shared their support and admiration for the host, admitting that they could ‘identify’ with her suffering.
“Alison Hammond, I totally identify with why you were so upset,” one wrote. “Growing up I knew I had an eating disorder, morbidly obese. Turned to life-saving surgery to lose weight but the scars are there every day.”
“Well done to Alison Hammond as a presenter,” added another. “Showing her vulnerability about her weight and obesity has made me see her in a completely different light… Really brave and honest to expose her feelings on TV! Especially in these vacuous times!”
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