Lisa Riley has spoken out about the comments she received from online trolls as a result of her recent weight loss.
The 40 year old TV star revealed in an interview with Woman magazine that she’d been subject to many cruel taunts about her new, slimmer frame, including being called ‘gaunt’ and told that she looks ‘like a cancer victim’.
‘I was a size 28 and weighed 24 stone at my biggest,’ she told the mag. ‘I’ve lost over 11 stone and I’m a size 12.’
‘Body shaming is going to be around for a long time because people are obsessed with weight loss. And now people are saying: “You’re gaunt, you’ve gone too far.”‘
‘One person said: “You look like a cancer victim!” But I have to learn to shrug it off.’
Lisa added that the remarks hadn’t deterred her from maintaining her new healthy lifestyle, saying that she hoped to drop another dress size by her 41st birthday in July.
She’s also been candid about her plans to have skin removal surgery in the near future, after admitting in July 2016 that she had come to find the excess skin that followed her weight loss ‘suffocating’.
‘The skin is the most disgusting thing that has ever happened to me and it is getting worse,’ she said to The Mirror.
‘I have always been the sort of person that if there is any form of negative attention towards me I have always turned it into a joke. I just cannot do that about the skin, it has got that bad.’
‘The skin is suffocating and it is everywhere now – my arms, legs, stomach, back. My 40th birthday present to myself is to have the surgery to remove the loose skin.’
‘I will need recovery time, but hopefully early next year I will be able to do it.’