Alison Hammond has said that although she might die ‘a little bit sooner’ due to her weight, she still plans to live her life ‘to the fullest’.
The TV presenter, 47, admitted she is trolled on a daily basis about her size but refuses to slim down for others as she likes taking up ‘a little bit of extra space in the world’.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie Smith on the What If? podcast, Alison said she is going to try and eat healthier to avoid knee pain but added ‘we’re all going to die eventually’.
Positive: Alison Hammond has said that although she might die ‘a little bit sooner’ due to her weight she still plans to live her life ‘to the fullest’
She vowed to live her life to the ‘fullest’ and promised that she was going to have a ‘wonderful life’ in the candid chat.
Alison said: ‘I take a little bit of extra space in the world and I don’t think I’m hurting anyone.
‘None of us are getting out of this. We’re all going to die eventually. I might die a little bit sooner, but I’m going to live my life to the fullest.
‘And if I do die sooner, I’m going to have a fantastic life. I’m going to have a wonderful life. I’m 47 now, I don’t know how long I’m going to go on for.
Weight: The TV presenter, 47, (pictured with Phillip Schofield) vowed to live her life to the ‘fullest’ and promised that she was going to have a ‘wonderful life’
‘We’re all going to die eventually, but I’m going to enjoy my life. I’m going to eat nice food. I’m going to try to eat a little bit healthier, because sometimes my knees do hurt. So I will try my very best.’
The former Big Brother star also spoke about getting trolled every day, saying she is bemused why people feel the need to send her hateful messages about her weight.
She continued: ‘I know I’m overweight, everyone can see I’m overweight. It’s not a surprise to know I’m overweight.
‘Why do people feel that they need to tell me something that is so blatantly obvious?
‘Maybe [they] think that I’ve probably told myself it 100 times before anyway, so I don’t need anybody to tell me that I’m overweight. Because I see myself every single day.’
Horrible: The former Big Brother star also spoke about getting trolled every day, saying she is bemused why people feel the need to send her hateful messages about her weight
Speaking about one troll in particular, she added: ‘I saw a message yesterday from someone, something along the lines of I need to lose 40 stone, I’m thinking I’m not even 40 stone! That would mean I’d be nothing. I’d be dead. Stupid woman.’
But the presenter said she is good at ‘overcoming’ things and tries not to let cruel trolls affect her, adding: ‘I’m not going to dwell in that moment of self-pity, or feeling sorry for myself.’
It comes after Alison recently broke down in uncontrollable tears as she admitted how obesity has had a devastating effect on her confidence, live on This Morning.
The Weight Watchers ambassador insisted she ‘can’t help’ having the disease and feels people ‘look down’ on her, before being consoled by her co-host Dermot O’Leary.
Tragic: It comes after the presenter broke down in tears on This Morning while insisting she ‘can’t help’ having obesity, which has a devastating effect on her confidence
Alison – who previously confessed she was at her heaviest when weighing over 20st and at dress size 28 – began: ‘When you’re big, people think you’re lazy.
‘I’ve had obesity all my life. What it is is, your regulation system is out of whack. You can’t control wanting to eat all the time.’
She continued: ‘A lot of people don’t realize – obesity is a disease. You can’t help it.
‘Sorry. I get… I think people look down on people when they’re so big. They can’t actually help it.
‘It’s really difficult. You want all the bad things and you know you don’t look great. Sorry. It really touches me. The NHS need to see it more as a disease.’
Elsewhere on the podcast, Alison told how stressed and upset she became after being referred to as the new ‘black host’ when she took over fronting This Morning on Fridays.
She admitted it was difficult at first when she was thrown together with Dermot O’Leary to co-present the ITV daytime show, replacing popular husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
She said: ‘I tell you what was really upsetting, like I can remember reading an article and it was the first time that I’d become like just a colour.
Difficulty: Alison told how stressed and upset she became after being referred to as the new ‘black host’ when she took over fronting This Morning on Fridays
‘Because it said ‘black host replaces Eamonn and Ruth’. And it really upsets me.
‘That’s the first time I thought ‘oh, my gosh, I’m just a color, I’m nothing else, I’m not Alison Hammond any more’, which I’d always been.
‘I just became a black host, And that really was quite shocking and quite upsetting.
‘I had a lot of stress before doing that first show so I was really nervous. But I overcame it and it’s been OK.’
Alison said that even though Eamonn publicly criticized being pushed out, he and Ruth still gave her their support and encouraged her to go for the job.
And on gelling with Dermot over time, having never worked alongside him before, Alison added: ‘It’s been really authentic, and we’ve been really honest from that and to say like ‘we did struggle, it was difficult in the beginning, it was really hard’.
‘With everything that came with it as well, it was really a tough time to negotiate.
‘I don’t know if people realize, I got a lot of flak doing that job because obviously my friends were doing it beforehand, Eamonn and Ruth, so it was tough to do it, and Eamonn and Ruth told me to go for it .’
Hosting: She admitted it was difficult when she was thrown together with Dermot O’Leary to co-present the ITV daytime show, replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (pictured)
Lorraine Kelly commented it seemed like she and Dermot now have a real on-screen partnership bond, with Alison agreeing that they had become friends.
She said: ‘We feel it as well. We feel that things have changed and we’re getting closer.
‘We’re genuinely good mates now. We talk to each other each week and we’re excited to see each other.
‘Instead of being nervous, we’re now excited about seeing each other outside or out the show. It’s great. We’re in a really good place now.’
‘We’re genuinely good mates now’: But Alison admitted that she has since become good friends with her co-host Dermot, 48, saying they get ‘excited’ to see each other