Vicky Pattison talks about her past ‘unhealthy obsession’ of being a size 6


Vicky Pattison has admitted that she used to exercise like a ‘nutcase’ just so she could enjoy food ‘guilt-free’.

The former Geordie Shore star, 33, has spoke about her past ‘unhealthy obsession’ of being a size 6 in the latest episode of her podcast series.

Vicky, who released a fitness DVD in 2013 after dropping five dress sizes from a 16 to a 6, admitted that she used to ‘deprive’ herself even after eating healthy snacks such as hummus.

Candid: Vicky Pattison has admitted that she used to exercise like a 'nutcase' just so she could enjoy food 'guilt-free' (pictured in May)

Candid: Vicky Pattison has admitted that she used to exercise like a ‘nutcase’ just so she could enjoy food ‘guilt-free’ (pictured in May)  

The I’m A Celebrity star said that is has taken her until the age of 33 to embrace her ‘curves’ and that she now ‘owns’ her figure.  

Talking on her The Secret To series, the reality star said: ‘When I did my fitness DVD I had such an unhealthy obsession with a number on a scale. I wanted to be the skinniest I could.

‘I remember being in a size 6 from River Island. And there is no problem with that. There are loads of petite women out there. But I am not one of them. I am not a naturally petite woman. I am curvy. I really am. 

‘I love that now. But it has taken until 33 to say that. And to own that and to mean it. To really mean it.’

Unhealthy obsession': The former Geordie Shore star, 33, has spoke about her past 'unhealthy obsession' of dropping to a size 6 from a 16 in the latest episode of her podcast series (pictured before and after in 2013)

Unhealthy obsession’: The former Geordie Shore star, 33, has spoke about her past ‘unhealthy obsession’ of dropping to a size 6 from a 16 in the latest episode of her podcast series (pictured before and after in 2013) 

Vicky admitted that she became ‘fixated’ with being the smallest and skinniest she could, with the star proudly showing off when a size 6 skirt was too big on her.

She recalled: ‘I got this unhealthy fixation with being as small as I could. I remember putting on this size 6 River Island skirt and telling all of my friends quite proudly that it was too big. That is what I considered to be success.

‘It wasn’t that I was lifting this amount in the gym. It wasn’t that I woke up before my alarm clock went off. It wasn’t that I was able to go about my daily business and not be lethargic.

‘It was none of the things exercise should help you strive for. It was an unhealthy obsession.’

Way back when: Vicky, who released a fitness DVD in 2013 (pictured) after dropping five dress sizes, admitted that she used to 'deprive' herself even after eating healthy snacks such as hummus

Way back when: Vicky, who released a fitness DVD in 2013 (pictured) after dropping five dress sizes, admitted that she used to ‘deprive’ herself even after eating healthy snacks such as hummus 

Vicky said that she eventually realised that no matter what size she was, it wouldn’t make her happy, and she was constantly anxious about what she ate. 

She continued: ‘I realised I could be as skinny as I wanted. The number could be as low as I liked on the scale but actually I was still not going to be happy. I wasn’t having nice meals out with my friends. 

‘I was constantly wracked with anxiety about everything I was putting in my mouth. I was exercising like a nutcase even so I could enjoy even small things guilt-free. It was horrible. I would not wish that mindset on anyone.’

Vicky admitted that at the time, she would pretend she was happy with her size 6 figure but secretly she was ‘riddled with self-doubt’.

Sensational: The I'm A Celebrity star said that is has taken her until the age of 33 to embrace her 'curves' and that she now 'owns' her figure (pictured in April)

Sensational: The I’m A Celebrity star said that is has taken her until the age of 33 to embrace her ‘curves’ and that she now ‘owns’ her figure (pictured in April)  

She said: ‘I was like: “I love my body”, if anyone asked us: “I am really happy with where I am” but deep down I would be riddled with self-doubt and insecurity.

‘I’d be still depriving myself. I’d still be exercising like an absolute nutcase because I allowed myself some hummus.’

Last year, Vicky spoke to MailOnline about her struggles with body image and credited her boyfriend Ercan Ramadan for helping her overcome them. 

She said: ‘I’m always going to be a size 10, someone who watches what they eat, but I’m happy with that! I like what I see in the mirror, I like my curves and I am who I am. 

Beauty: Talking on her The Secret To series, the reality star said: 'When I did my fitness DVD I had such an unhealthy obsession with a number on a scale.' (pictured in December)

Beauty: Talking on her The Secret To series, the reality star said: ‘When I did my fitness DVD I had such an unhealthy obsession with a number on a scale.’ (pictured in December)  

‘Being 30, in a healthy relationship with someone who likes the way I am and how I look, that’s really helped me accept the way I look right now.

‘I’ll always try and be healthy and exercise, but that’s more so for my mindset and wellbeing, as opposed to my aesthetic. Your 30s aren’t that bad!’

Elsewhere, in 2018, the former Geordie Shore star hit back at controversy surrounding celebrity fitness DVDs and insisted her’s was entirely based on hard work. 

It came after it was revealed that Scarlett Moffatt’s ‘miracle’ weight loss had in fact been the horror result of taking weight loss pills given to her by trainers at a boot camp in Switzerland. 

Gorgeous: 'I am curvy. I really am. 'I love that now. But it has taken until 33 to say that. And to own that and to mean it. To really mean it.' she said (pictured in 2018)

Gorgeous: ‘I am curvy. I really am. ‘I love that now. But it has taken until 33 to say that. And to own that and to mean it. To really mean it.’ she said (pictured in 2018) 

Vicky appeared on Lorraine at the time where she insisted her 2013 workout video Vicky’s 7 Day Slim was not born of ‘anything ludicrous or wacky’, just based on hard work.

She told the TV host: ‘Like anyone who wants to lose weight, whether in public eye or not, you’re going to have to lower calorie intake to do that.

‘So yes, I did go on a diet but it wasn’t anything ludicrous or wacky, I was just making more conscious decisions’.

While Vicky has always been candid about the fact she feels she went too far with her diet, she insists this was not the fault of the video but more her mindset.

Support system: Last year, Vicky spoke to MailOnline about her struggles with body image and credited her boyfriend Ercan Ramadan for helping her overcome them (pictured in 2020)

Support system: Last year, Vicky spoke to MailOnline about her struggles with body image and credited her boyfriend Ercan Ramadan for helping her overcome them (pictured in 2020) 

She continued: ‘Like anyone who wants to lose weight, whether in public eye or not, you’re going to have to lower calorie intake to do that. so yes, I did go on a diet. But it wasn’t anything ludicrous or wacky, I was just making more conscious decisions.’

Pushing the note of her unhappy times, when she shrank down to a tiny size six, she went on: ‘I’ve been very honest about that all the way through.

‘I don’t blame the DVD for that either, just just who I am. If I’m eating well and training well I’ll be drinking kale smoothies and giving birth to avocados, that’s the kind of person I am, but if I’m on a night out I’m on a night out, I’m quite extreme.’

She went on: ‘Now I’m older, turning 30, I’m a bit more sensible, more measured and I’ve found a happy balance with my weight.

‘For me, being a size six was amazing for a while, but there’s not an awful lot of Pop Tarts and Prosecco involved – and I can’t live life without them.’ 

She said: 'I'll always try and be healthy and exercise, but that's more so for my mindset and wellbeing, as opposed to my aesthetic. Your 30s aren't that bad!' (pictured in September)

She said: ‘I’ll always try and be healthy and exercise, but that’s more so for my mindset and wellbeing, as opposed to my aesthetic. Your 30s aren’t that bad!’ (pictured in September)  



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