Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha confesses calorie counting led her to ‘obesity’


Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha confesses calorie counting led her to ‘obesity’ as she debates the government’s new initiative

Nadia Sawalha spoke candidly about her weight on Friday’s Loose Women after the panel raised the government’s new initiative of listing calories on menus.  

As of this month, large businesses will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels in a bid to help the public make healthier choices when eating out. 

The actress-and-presenter, who is a known advocate for body acceptance, made it clear that she opposes the move because calorie counting ‘led her to obesity.’   

Honest: Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha confessed calorie counting led her to ‘obesity’ as she debated the government’s new initiative on Friday

Nadia, 57, said: ‘I’m so against this. Having been someone for many years who was a victim, and I do say victim, of calorie counting for many years.

‘I can still remember the calories in almost anything, you can ask me something and I’ll be able to tell you [clicks fingers]. I would be making crazy decisions.

‘It’s about nutrient dense food [not calories]. A burger might have 100 less calories than something healthy… so I’d be choosing the burger.

Figure flaunting: The actress-and-presenter, 57, is a known advocate for body acceptance and promotes body confidence on her social media platforms

Figure flaunting: The actress-and-presenter, 57, is a known advocate for body acceptance and promotes body confidence on her social media platforms

Implementation: As of this month, large businesses will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels in a bid to help the public make healthier choices when eating out - which Nadia vehemently opposes

Implementation: As of this month, large businesses will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels in a bid to help the public make healthier choices when eating out – which Nadia vehemently opposes 

‘Do you know where calorie counting led me? To obesity.’

However, coming from a different angle, Lady Leshurr – real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro – voiced how diners should be presented with an option.   

‘I reckon the waiters in every restaurant should come through with like, “do you want a calories menu or no calories menu?” so you don’t get to see it if you don’t want to.

Speaking out: Nadia, 57, said: 'I'm so against this. Having been someone for many years who was a victim, and I do say victim, of calorie counting for many years'

Speaking out: Nadia, 57, said: ‘I’m so against this. Having been someone for many years who was a victim, and I do say victim, of calorie counting for many years’

‘Because, for me, it’s like I know someone that is very like, “Oh I can’t have that and that and I can’t drink tonight because then I’m gonna have to go to the gym”, it gives me anxiety but then I’m the opposite because I’m trying to put on weight,’ she admitted.

The rest of the panel – also comprising Kaye Adams and Sunetra Sarker – were visibly shocked at her revelation.  

Lady Leshurr continued: ‘Look at me! How can you question what? Look at me! My clothes are falling off me!” 

‘In general, I don’t ever look at what I’m eating and I’ve got a fast metabolism, which is good.’

She also stressed that she ‘really does want to put on weight’, despite people branding her a ‘lucky bugger’ for being able to eat what she wants. 

Alternative viewpoint: However, coming from a different angle, Lady Leshurr - real name Melesha Katrina O'Garro - voiced how diners should be presented with an option

Alternative viewpoint: However, coming from a different angle, Lady Leshurr – real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro – voiced how diners should be presented with an option

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