Our best-loved TV presenter Fern Britton has shed nearly 6 stone over two years with the help of a gastric band. See our gallery of the shrinking star.
When Fern started out in showbiz in the 1980s she was a mere slip of a girl.
Fern became a regular on daytime TV, presenting the show Ready Steady Cook, where she met her husband, Phil Vickery.
Soon a plus-size sex symbol – this picture shows why!
From Ready Steady Cook to This Morning, her on-screen chemistry with Phillip Schofield – and giggling fits – boosted the ratings.
Fern and Phillip Schofield on the Paul O’Grady show. It was clear Fern had put on a lot of weight since she started presenting on This Morning.
At the National Television Awards in 2004, Fern wears a clingy velvet dress and the media start poking fun at how big she looked in that black dress.
A year after Fern’s gastric band the weight loss is beginning to show and she reveals a slimmer figure in a bright green dress. And yet more giggling as she throws a custard pie at Chris Tarrant.
The effects of the gastric band were suddenly very obvious but Fern hadn’t admitted having a gastric band yet, instead she’d spoken about doing Pilates, bike riding and eating sensibly.
Looking younger and slimmer at the launch of her autobiography Fern, My Story.
A new black dress and a new figure. Fern reveals her body after losing around five stone.
After two years living with a gastric band Fern decided that she had lost enough weight – nearly 6 stone in total.
Dressed in a tight fitting turquoise dress, Fern made sure she looked her best for her last appearance on This Morning.
Fern wowed on the red carpet for An Audience with Michael Buble. Wearing a flattering black and cream patterned dress it was clear Fern was keeping the weight off.