TV3 star Elaine Crowley: 'I don't know what I weigh now and I don't care'
TV3 star Elaine Crowley has opened up about her struggle with body confidence and her decision to put herself through her paces on Operation Transformation.
The Midday host (38) will join a host of famous faces on the upcoming celebrity version of the RTE weight loss show, but Crowley says it isn't shedding the pounds that's motivating her but rather the next step on her journey of body confidence.
"I don't know what I weigh now and I don't care. It's not the driving force behind this at all. I have battled with body image demons my whole life. For once that is not what this is about," she told the RTE Guide.
"If I thought I was fat and horrible, I wouldn't be doing this, because, psychologically I wouldn't be able to. What I really need is support in getting a bit of healthy routine into my life.
"I want to be able to do exercise and enjoy it consistently."
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The Cork native, who has been at the helm of the afternoon panel show for the last five years, has been vocal about her battle with depression, which she describes as a "chronic illness".
"It is a disorder. It is a disease. There is an epidemic of mental illness in this country and it's not being treated the way it should be," she added.
"If you look at the resources we have, it's scandalous. Unless you have money, you can't see a psyhaitrst. We have made massive inroads where awareness is concerned, but we don't have the services to back up the awareness. It's all arseways."
Crowley previously said she takes her role in the public eye seriously and hopes to break down body barriers on television.
"I'm delighted I'm not a size 8-10, the size I wanted to be,as out there, somewhere, maybe a schoolgirl who is size 14 or 16 and feeling shit about herself and looking at me and thinking, 'She's on the telly and you don't have to be skinny to be successful,'" she said.
"We've a huge responsibility in the media now to be so aware, especially with social media, there's 20 times more pressure with the likes of Instagram."