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Pointless presenter Richard Osman opens up about his food addiction: ‘It will be with me for the rest of my life’

Richard Osman has spoken about his food addiction (Picture: BBC/Remarkable TV/Matt Frost)

Richard Osman has said he has suffered from food addiction since he was a child and will do for the rest of his life but wants to destigmatise the shame surrounding the addiction.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the Pointless presenter – who recently suggested he doesn’t plan to host the show forever – opened up about his addictive behaviour and said it has been a ‘difficult journey’ to put himself out there but feels the more he tries the happier he becomes.

He said: ‘There hasn’t been a day of my life since the age of nine where I haven’t thought about problems with food and how it affects me. And it will be with me for the rest of my life, I know that.

‘I’m either controlling it or not controlling it at any given time, and these days I control it more often than I don’t.

‘But again, because you have to eat, it’s actually quite hard and sometimes you do slip but I try my best and I certainly have no shame about it now and anyone at home who overeats or, and thinks it’s ridiculous, you’ve just got to divorce that.’

Sharing that ‘we all have something that gets us through life’, the TV star encouraged people to face that ‘head on’ and stop ‘being so afraid of life and afraid of what will happen if you put yourself out there’.

He has co-hosted Pointless since 2009 (Picture: BBC/Remarkable Television)

The presenter, 51 explained that he experienced particular difficulty at one stage where he was left feeling ‘directionless’, despite having a successful career having created the reality show Survivor and was writing for quiz shows Have I Got News for You and Whose Line Is It Anyway at the time.

He added: ‘I think it is that thing of, my career was going well and I was successful, and I had kids, so I had all the things that I thought were the thing that I needed or the thing that was going to make everything okay, and none of them did.’

He reflected on how an addiction to food does not have the same ‘doomed glamour of drugs or alcohol’ but he sees them as ‘identical’.

‘It’s just booze but food… The secrecy of consuming these things, the shame behind it,’ he added.

However, the TV presenter noted that, while quitting alcohol and drugs was ‘unbelievably difficult’ you often can cut them out of your lifestyle, but as food is essential that was not possible which makes tackling the addition ‘tricky’.

Aside from his success behind and in front of the TV screen, he is also a bestselling writer of two crime novels set in a retirement community, including the popular book The Thursday Murder Club which is being made into a movie.

Osman revealed that the novel series is based on his mother’s retirement home in Sussex as he thought it would be the perfect place to stage a murder.

Describing it as ‘like the A-team but everyone’s over 70’, the author also reflected on how despite the ‘extraordinary things’ his characters have done ‘they’re invisible because of the way we treat older people.’

He also revealed that his mother first read it through to check none of the portrayals were too close to her fellow residents so they could not take legal action against him.

Desert Island Discs airs on Sundays at 11am on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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