I'm on painkillers as I'm too heavy at size 18, says ex-BB star Chanelle Hayes
Former Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes has said she has been prescribed heavy painkillers as she suffers from back and knee problems as a result of her weight gain.
The reality star, who appeared on the show in 2007, admitted she is no longer happy with her body after developing health problems.
Hayes said she is being monitored for Type 2 diabetes and is concerned she will not be able to have any more children at a size 18.
The 29-year-old told ITV's This Morning: "I really do want to slim down to feel good but also to be healthy.
"I was happy at 14 to 16 but I'm an 18 now. I'm on Tramadol and all types of painkillers purely because I'm too heavy for my frame."
She said: "It's not really about how I look but my left knee is always hurting. I slipped two discs last year that keep recurring because of my weight."
Hayes said the weight had just "crept on" and she has stopped going to the gym because she received so much support about how she looked after her last appearance on the morning show.
She told the programme: "I would like to get back to a 12 or 14" and pledged to make better food choices in 2017.
Hayes also reaffirmed her promise to host Phillip Schofield that she is not gaining weight for a workout DVD.