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Sunday 23 November 2014

Sam Faiers: I put partying first

Sam Faiers has learned to put her health before partying and looking good
Sam Faiers has learned to put her health before partying and looking good

Sam Faiers has admitted she put partying before her own health after finding fame on The Only Way Is Essex.

The 23-year-old joined the ITV2 series in 2010 and left this April, shortly after being diagnosed with the incurable gut condition, Crohn's Disease.

Sam revealed: "M y life on the series has been about working hard and partying and I've had a ball but now I realise I didn't give enough priority to my health."

The model admitted she used to worry about dieting and looking good on camera, but now she puts her health first.

She said: "Although I've never been obsessed with my weight or being a skinny minny you are conscious about your image when you're constantly being filmed.

"It was a real wake-up call during my recovery when at one stage I was too weak to even get off my mum's sofa. I really re-evaluated things and realised that image isn't everything and all that really matters is your health and being happy. At that point, I wouldn't have cared what dress size I was if I could have felt normal.

"Now I believe a great body isn't a perfect 10 in a bikini, it's a healthy, functioning, pain-free body which is what, thankfully, I've regained."

Sam was diagnosed with Chrohn's Disease after falling ill while appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

She said: "Doubled up in agony with terrible stomach cramps, weight dropping off me, and not able to keep down any food I was really frightened. I knew something was seriously wrong and I couldn't believe it was all being played out on television in the Big Brother house...

"Effectively my body went into shut down and I only just managed to make it to the end.

"At one stage I was facing surgery but thankfully I've responded so well to the medication and diet changes that wasn't necessary. Now I feel absolutely fine, I'm in remission and although I'll have to cope with this forever, I know it's perfectly possible to live a normal life.

"Of course, I wish I'd recognised bouts of sickness and diarrhoea over the last year were warning signs but I'd dismissed them as down to my hectic lifestyle and too much fast food."

:: INFORMATION: Sam Faiers has teamed up with Love Your Gut to support this year's Gut Week, August 11-17, 2014, to raise awareness about digestive health. For information visit: www.loveyourgut.com

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