I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! star Giovanna Fletcher has opened up about how she spent much of her 20s ‘loathing’ her body and ‘punishing’ it for not looking as she wished it to at the time.
The 35-year-old star – who was recently crowned the first Queen of the Castle – has shared her previously turbulent relationship with her body.
Speaking about her ‘dysfunctional relationship with food’, the host of the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast said she felt ‘less worthy’ due to her appearance.
She explained to Fabulous magazine: ‘I remember being on Frinton beach when I was about nine and seeing stretch marks on my thighs. I was always the tubbier one. Compared to my brother and sister who were like sticks, I was much curvier.
‘So from a young age I was aware that I was a bit chubby and things people didn’t mean as negative became just that.
‘I think about the women in my life and how they viewed their bodies – Mr Motivator was a massive thing in our house as well as the constant diets, so I learned that women needed to look a certain way and I never felt that I did.’
By her teenage years, Giovanna – who is married to musician Tom Fletcher, and shares three children, Buzz, six, Buddy, four, and Max, two, with the McFly star – had become unhealthily obsessed with her appearance.
She went on: ‘I had a dysfunctional relationship with food – certainly how I viewed my body and definitely how I treated it in terms of food was dysfunctional.
‘I think as a teenager I felt less worthy because I didn’t look a certain way and that definitely carried through with endless dieting, always trying to restrict my intake and going to the gym.
‘I look back at photos now and think: “What were you worried about?” But at the time it was about punishing my body, being skinny and making myself smaller because then I’d be more acceptable.’
The best-selling author said that her outlook on her body changed after she gave birth to her first child, saying she finally loved her curves and celebrated what her body was doing.
She said: ‘It was the first time I felt like I could celebrate my body because it was doing an amazing thing. The female form is incredible.’
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