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Weight battle messed up my head, says 2fm's Louise

RADIO DJ Louise McSharry has spent years grafting to achieve her coveted slot on 2fm, however she revealed she has also been fighting another battle off-air with her weight.

The 31-year-old, who will be walking up the aisle next year, said that at one point she was a size 22.

"For me it is a lifelong thing. It has been going on for so, so long. When you are an overweight person and grew up overweight it can really mess with your head.

"Your entire sense of value is wrapped up in how much you weigh, how fat you look, how fat you are compared to other people," she said.

The rising star of the airwaves said that she has recently got to a point in her life where she is able to talk about her weight issues.

"I am not special. There are thousands and thousands of people who are the same, who have had the same pain, so I don't have any problem talking about it now."

She said the decision she made in May to embark on an exercise programme under a personal trainer has been life-changing.

"It is the best thing I've ever done and I would encourage others to do it.


"As far as I am concerned if I can make exercise a part of my life I am literally buying extra years and you can't put a price on that."

Louise joined 2fm four years ago and she has gradually been rising through the ranks, landing her own evening show earlier this year.

Ahead of the Leaving Cert results, which come out this Wednesday, the bubbly presenter advised students to think carefully about their career aspirations when choosing a course.

"I made a really bad decision because my two options were audio-visual communications in IT Tallaght, which I think I would have got a lot of more out of, or Arts in UCD," she said.

Choosing the latter, the star quickly discovered she had little interest in the course and stopped going to lectures before dropping out after failing her end of year exams. Louise then decided to pursue broadcasting.

"Even if you are not successful first time doesn't mean you won't be the second or third time," she said.