Alison Hammond reveals inspirational way she stays body confident at size 28

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Alison Hammond insists that, as a size 28 woman, she's
Alison Hammond said that being a size 28 woman is "not going to stop my life". (Getty Images)

Known for her positive energy onscreen, Alison Hammond has revealed how she applies confidence to all aspects of her life – including her body image.

The size 28 presenter has opened up about how she's "not going to stop my life" as a "big" woman.

Speaking to The Sun's Fabulous magazine, the 46-year-old said: "I'm beautiful and a lovely person, and I know it. I'm not one of those people that hates myself. I actually love myself.

"People get really angry, but what do they expect us to do? Go and hide under a rock until we get to the size they want us to be? I know people who do."

She added: "They won’t go swimming because of how they look. How sad is that? You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I’m not going to stop my life. I love the fact that we’re all so diverse and different."

Hammond said that when people get upset about how she looks, it "says more about them than me".

The presenter, who co-hosts This Morning on Fridays with Dermot O'Leary, noted that while she would "love to be a little bit smaller" for the sake of her knees and ankles, her size won't prevent her from "wearing sexy clothes or having sex with men".

Additionally, she revealed that she has low cholesterol, good blood pressure and goes to the gym.

Hammond – who has a 16-year-old son – had a gastric band fitted in 2014, but had it removed because "I didn’t do very well with it".

However, earlier this year, she was warned by her doctor that she was pre-diabetic after she "couldn't control" her eating, and her exercise levels changed, due to the impact of multiple lockdowns.

The former reality contestant – who rose to fame after appearing on Big Brother in 2002 – has since successfully tackled her health concerns by going for walks and cutting out sugar.

It comes as Hammond recently made history as the first Black person to be nominated for 'best TV presenter' at the National Television Awards – but lost out to Ant and Dec.

Last year, Hammond was praised for her impassioned speech about what the Black Lives Matter movement meant to her.

Appearing on This Morning over the phone, amid a social media blackout, she told co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that the death of George Floyd had hit close to home.

The mother-of-one said: "I saw everybody’s son, and I was disgusted to my core.

"It hurt me to the pit of my stomach to think that this is 2020 and we are seeing that."

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