06/04/2012 09:56 BST | Updated 06/06/2012 06:12 BST

Fern Britton: 'Weight Critics Left Me With Depression'

Her infectious laugh and beaming grin may leave television viewers smiling, but life isn't all rosy behind closed doors for Fern Britton - the presenter battled crippling depression following criticism over her weight.

Former This Morning host Fern duped fans when she lost 5st in 2008, publicly announcing she shed the pounds through healthy eating and exercise.

However, the star dropped from dress size 22 to 16 before admitting she'd had a gastric band fitted to help her slim down.

Fern struggled to cope with the public furore surrounding her secret and sunk into a deep depression at the time, but she is now able to cope with her low moods, insisting she just lets them pass by.

She told Woman & Home magazine: "If I feel any depression coming, which I haven't now for a long time, I take a very deep breath. The last time I felt it, I decided, 'There's no point in running because it will get me so I have to turn round and look it in the eye and let it run through me.'"

Now, years on from her weight scandal, Fern has a more positive outlook on life and claims she feels at home in her new healthy body.

She said: "I'm nearly 55, I'm as healthy as I can be, I'm loving my life, and I like my body."


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