Chanelle Hayes says gastric sleeve surgery was last resort and shell have therapy for five years

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Chanelle Hayes has said that her gastric sleeve operation was a "last resort" and that she will receive ongoing therapy for five years as part of the procedure.

The former Big Brother star, 33, has dropped from a size 18 to a size 8 and lost more then 7.5 stone after having the operation in August 2020.

Appearing on Wednesday's episode of Loose Women, Chanelle candidly discussed her decision to have a gastric sleeve fitted and was also hilariously interrupted by her adorable three-year-old son Frankie during the interview.

The former reality star revealed that before her operation she weighed 17st4lbs and that she has since slimmed down to nine-and-a-half stone.

Chanelle, who joked she has been "every single size", admitted that having a gastric sleeve fitted has been the "best thing" and that she needed a "physical restriction" in place to act as a "safety net".

She said: "I do feel so much better, so much healthier, I am able to do more, I am able to go trampolining with the kids and get involved with stuff.

"It’s just been the best thing for me, I know it's not the best thing for everybody, but for me it’s been the best thing."

Chanelle admitted that she is aware having a gastric sleeve fitted is a "drastic step" but the operation was a "last resort" as she had "tried everything" to lose weight.

She continued: "It is a drastic step, I feel as though it was the very last resort… I tried everything I could before doing that, really, I dieted, lost weight, [then I would] eat again and gain weight.

"It was much worse on my body, overall, than the risks from the surgery. It's only a tool, I can eat through it, I have got ongoing therapy for five years as part of a package where I got the operation done.

"The physical restriction has enabled me to have a safety net… I can use it for moderation, like you would or most people, but I can't predict the future though!"

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Chanelle revealed that she also received therapy before her operation but she realised she needed the "psychical restriction" after turning down a lot of work from diet companies.

The star admitted that she knew something needed to change after she filmed a weight loss advert and immediately ordered a takeaway afterwards.

Chanelle said: "I thought: 'I have not got the willpower to do this', it's so difficult… it's not easy. To break other addictions, if you're addicted to something, you don’t need those to sustain life, but you do need food. It's hard to overcome something if you need to eat to live!"

The star said that her journey so far has been "really positive" after learning to "re-eat" and that if it wasn't for the Covid pandemic she would be "strutting her stuff" in a bikini at the Loose Women studio.

The reality star has dropped from a size 18 to a size 8 and shed the pounds following her gastric sleeve.

She is now set to go under the knife for a full-body lift and boob job to remove excess skin after losing more than seven-and-a-half stone.

The surgery is similar to a tummy tuck and will effectively lift the skin on her body. Chanelle will not have the procedure on her arms or legs to avoid scarring on those areas.

The mother-of-two told Closer magazine that she also plans to undergo a boob job while she is being operated on because she likes the "smaller look" now.

Loose Women continues at 12:30pm on weekdays on ITV.

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