Fail­ing Pauline: Fears as TV star piles on stones

She lost more than 8st for health rea­sons, but now she’s los­ing her weight bat­tle again, and there are…

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Seen just days ago in Hert­ford­shire, our exclusive pic­tures re­veal that Pauline Quirke has piled on the pounds.

The ac­tress, who plays Sharon in Birds Of A Feather, was dressed in a loose pas­tel-pink coat and woolly hat as she filmed scenes for the show’s Christ­mas special.

Pauline’s strug­gle with her weight is no se­cret, or the fact that she dropped a dra­matic 8st in 2011 on a liq­uid diet.

‘I was nearly the size of a sumo wrestler,’ she ad­mit­ted of her al­most 20st weight. The TV star went from a size 28 to a slim size 12.

But the 58-year-old is clearly fail­ing in her weight bat­tle again, which is sure to be a dis­ap­point­ment – not least as the mum-of-two’s chief mo­ti­va­tion for slim­ming down was not for van­ity, but se­ri­ous health con­cerns.

In her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Where Have I Gone?, she said, ‘Be­cause I was over­weight, I was un­healthy. I’d had a back disc re­moved in 1991, I had ges­ta­tional di­a­betes in 1994 when I was preg­nant, and had to have a hip re­place­ment in 2009. Then I frac­tured an an­kle that wouldn’t heal prop­erly.’

Speak­ing in 2011, the ac­tress vowed that she would never put the weight back on, say­ing, ‘This isn’t the case of a fat girl jump­ing ship. I needed to do this. Peo­ple say every­one puts it back on. I can’t. That’s what I’ve learnt. Un­less peo­ple force-feed me a ke­bab, the weight won’t go back on.’

But sadly, de­spite her protes­ta­tions, Pauline has def­i­nitely put some of the weight back on, which will surely come as a blow to her.

Di­eti­tian He­len Bond ( he­len­bond.co.uk) tells best, ‘Af­ter Pauline lost all of that weight in 2011, it looked as if she went down to around 12st and a size 12, but I be­lieve she is at least 14 ½ st now – and a dress size 18 – mak­ing her clin­i­cally obese again.’

He­len’s ad­vice to Pauline is to re­mem­ber that ‘there are no quick fixes, and sen­si­ble weight loss would be 1-2lb a week on a healthy-eat­ing plan’.

How­ever, that will come as no com­fort to the Birds Of A Feather star, who must be well aware of the tough chal­lenge that lies ahead.

No doubt, like all of us, she will be putting ef­fort into a new health regime in the New Year.

New Year, New Pauline? We wish her all the best.

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