Loose Women panellist Chizzy Akudolu has revealed that she has been getting help for her self-confessed addiction to food.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star bravely revealed that she is “dealing” with her issue – by speaking to people who have been on a similar journey.
She told the Daily Star, “I’m getting a lot of help now. It’s being dealt with.
“I’ve been speaking to people who have been on this journey for 20 years, so I know it’s not a quick fix.”
Chizzy had previously confessed that her addiction to food left her struggling with her mental health – suggesting why she is now a fierce advocate for openly discussing it.
The 44-year-old said, “Mental health issues affect quite a lot of people. I think people should talk about it and then maybe less people will commit suicide.”
Actress Chizzy has spoken extensively about her issues with food on the ITV daytime show before, explaining that her decision to turn to food in any situation actually lead to her racking up serious amounts of debt.
She confessed, “Yeah, years ago, I used to shop a lot to the point I got into debt.
“I don’t know if it’s an addiction with food, but I was buying stuff as my therapist told me it was trying to replace love I was missing.
“I feel like I need a total refit up there [her brain]. At one point, I wanted a gastric band.
She went on to admit, “I really have just lost control now. I started going to the gym, but that’s not gonna work if I don’t tackle food. I eat when happy, sad, good, bad news. I just turn to food.”
And she’s not the only Loose Women panellist who has confessed to issues with eating in the past.
Long-time veteran of the show Nadia Sawalha has previously revealed that she had to attend Overeaters Anonymous, to help her tackle her addictions.
In a column for The Sun, she discussed her food issues.
“[In my 20s], looking back, I had the perfect figure, but I still restricted myself to 800 calories a day, then I would crash and overeat. It really messed up my metabolism. I didn’t get a grip on my bad eating patterns until I was in my late 30s.
She then reflected on how Overeaters Anonymous helped her take control of her unhealthy habits.
Nadia wrote, “It’s quite complicated, but it makes you pause and think why you’re eating what you are and how it’s going to make you feel afterwards.
“It completely changed the way I thought about food and without it I would have become fatter and fatter, or thinner and thinner.”