Tuesday 17 September 2019

'It's not helpful or important' - why Holly Willoughby refuses to publicly speak about her weight

TV Presenter Holly Willoughby
TV Presenter Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby and co-host Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby poses on board MSC Bellissima at her Naming Ceremony on March 02, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for MSC Bellissima)
Holly Willoughby at the launch of her Marks & Spencer Must-Haves, The Denim Edit at the Marks & Spencer at Westfield, White City, London
Holly Willoughby poses on board MSC Bellissima at her Naming Ceremony on March 02, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for MSC Bellissima)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Holly Willoughby said in an interview that she refuses to speak about her weight or diet because she doesn't "think it's helpful to the conversation".

In 2017, the mother-of-three lost a significant amount of weight, which she has never publicly discussed and said she has no intention of adding to a toxic diet culture which focuses too much on external appearances. In particular, she said her role as co-hosting This Morning has given her the opportunity to meet with eating disorder survivors and parents of others who died, which has contributed to her changed outlook in how she discusses her physical appearance.

“Yes, I very deliberately don’t talk about it. Just because I don’t think it’s helpful to the conversation, for women generally. As long as you are healthy and happy, that’s really all that matters," she told The Times.

"It’s a personal thing for me, and I think that people get obsessive with it. On this show I’ve sat across the sofa from mums and dads who’ve lost children to anorexia, or their children are currently going through it, and they sit there and say, ‘It doesn’t help that there’s such a fascination with weight at the moment.’ Everybody knows what leads to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not up to me to give you a blow-by-blow account of what I’ve eaten that day. It’s not helpful, and it’s not what’s important.”

What is important is her work and her family and friends, of whom co-host Philip Schofield is one of her closest. The pair, who have been presenting ITV's popular breakfast morning together for 10 years, are among the most recognisable presenters on British television and Holly says she appreciation the respect viewers give her when she's recognised on the streett.

"It's not that level where you can’t leave your house or whatever. We lead perfectly normal, lovely lives. People are actually really respectful. If I’ve got the kids with me, barely anybody would come up, which I think is quite amazing."

Holly Willoughby at the launch of her Marks & Spencer Must-Haves, The Denim Edit at the Marks & Spencer at Westfield, White City, London
Holly Willoughby at the launch of her Marks & Spencer Must-Haves, The Denim Edit at the Marks & Spencer at Westfield, White City, London

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