Fashion Forward; Coleen Nolan Talks Body Image and Her New Clothing Line to Claire O'Boyle

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Fashion Forward; Coleen Nolan Talks Body Image and Her New Clothing Line to Claire O'Boyle


Byline: Claire O'Boyle

LOOKING at these stunning photos of a happy, body-confident Coleen Nolan, you'd never guess that for years she was obsessed with her weight.

But it's little wonder. Because every time she picked up a magazine, there she was - too fat, too thin, hotter than ever, or a little bit bloated.

At her heaviest, the 47-year-old television presenter and Record agony aunt hit a size 20, before slimming her way to an eight. She was soon back to an 18.

But the fear that being so fat would leave her unable to walk forced her to take action.

"I genuinely thought if I didn't put a stop to it right away, I'd be in a mobility scooter by the time I was 50," she said.

"In just a couple of years, I was so big again. It wasn't my appearance that bothered me. This time I was finally comfortable in my own skin and happy with the way I looked. It helped that my husband Ray loves me whatever size I am.

"But as the weight came back on this time, I just didn't feel that well."

Having had problems with her back for years, as her weight increased, she felt it getting weaker until she suffered a prolapsed disc.

'I know exactly Then she developed heel spurs in both feet and tennis elbow in both arms from the extra pressure on her joints.

it's like be a The mum-of-three embarked on a sensible diet and exercise plan with a personal trainer and has managed to get down to a healthy size 16. woman' "I've always been OK with the way I look," she said. "I was happy at a size 18. It was purely for health reasons - you really start t these things when you get e the do something about it."

so to worry about older. I had to This time, rather than intense dieting, regular exercise has been the key. …

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