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Britton admits to stomach surgery

31 May 08 18:58 GMT

TV presenter Fern Britton has admitted she had stomach surgery to help her lose weight.

The 50-year-old co-host of ITV's This Morning said she underwent gastric banding two years ago.

In a statement, Ms Britton said she was "very pleased" with the results but added she would not want to influence others to follow her lead.

The procedure helps reduce the stomach so only small meals can be eaten, but gives the impression of being full.

'Pleased'

The star, who is married to celebrity chef Phil Vickery, has shed three stone over the last couple of years.

It had previously been reported that cycling, walking a family dog and eating less were the drivers behind the weight loss.

"As I know, many people are interested in my weight loss over the past two years," she said.

"As interest is so high, I am making public, as a personal choice, that I had a gastric band operation two years ago.

"I did this purely for myself and I would not wish to influence others to do the same. But for me it has worked and I am very pleased with the results."

Britton is not the only celebrity to have admitted to having the procedure.

Presenter Anne Diamond revealed she too had had a gastric band fitted, but later revealed it had not worked as it was not fitted properly.

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