AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011 - (Page 68)

| the big interview| Chawner Challenge for the very reason of wanting to help. The Chawners, a family of four, weighed a massive 92 stone between them and had been dubbed Britain’s fattest family. ‘I just thought, “If we can help them, then maybe there’s hope, maybe we can do something,”’ says Lorraine. ‘I am genuinely concerned about the obesity problem. You see so many young women in this country who are huge – I’m not talking just being a little bit plump; that’s fine. Most women in Britain are a size 16, and that’s ok, but it’s people who are obese that’s a real worry. I wanted to see whether, if we gave these people Future challenges ‘My life in Dundee is very normal – it’s walking the dog, going shopping, making the tea… it’s really important to me’ a chance to get fit, get healthy, lose weight… would it help them then get a job and change their life? We gave them all the tools possible and, to be fair to them, they’re still trying – they can give you a hundred excuses as to why they’re not going to exercise but it’s an ongoing thing. It took them all their life to get fat, they’re not going to lose weight overnight. ‘It all comes down to the mother, because very often it’s the mum who’s looking after the rest of the family. We had to make sure she would change and she’s not willing to change. It’s very difficult and actually very frustrating. We’re building up a huge problem for the future – we’re the first generation where children will be dying before their parents. Obesity is costing us a fortune; there has to be a change. There’s more information around than ever there was and our eating habits are still absolutely appalling. That’s not to say that we all just have to eat only lettuce. Food is brilliant – it’s one of the great joys and pleasures of life, but it’s all about balance.’ For now, Lorraine seems to have the balance of her own life perfectly worked out. Despite working more days on Lorraine than she did before – all four of her shows are now live – and spending more time in London away from husband, Steve, and daughter, Rosie, she admits to having ‘the best of both worlds.’ ‘Rosie comes down to London and she absolutely loves it and we’ve got a great life at home, away from everything. My life in Dundee is very normal – it’s walking the dog, going shopping, making the tea, having people round to the house, sitting in the garden, doing a bit of weeding – it’s really important to me. ‘When Rosie was a lot younger I wouldn’t have been able to work away like I do, but she’s nearly 17 now and she’s very sensible and grown up. Before I agreed to work the extra day live, Rosie and I talked about it and she said, “You love your job, you should do it”.’ It seems Rosie is right. The queen of the sofa, Lorraine, does love her job – and all that it brings. ‘It’s a huge privilege that, just because I happen to be on the telly, and I can put one foot in front of the other, I’m asked to take part in such amazing experiences. It’s great to use my profile for something so positive. I really loved stretching myself with the trek so I’d love to do something similar in the future – maybe at the Arctic or Antarctica; that would be amazing. I think it’s good to have a goal like that to work towards – it makes sure that you stay healthy, keeps you fit and also, mentally, I think it’s very good for you.’ And does she still have plans to challenge herself to pen that page-turning novel she mentioned last time we met? ‘Not right now, but never say never. I think if you want to write something like that, it’s a proper nine to five job, not something you tack on at the end of your day. Hopefully – should I find that I’m even able to do it – it’s something I’ll do when I finally leave TV… but I’ve got no intention of doing that just yet!’ ✱ JUNE 2011 | 067

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011

Editor’s letter
Hello from Lorraine
Notebook news
Update your calendar
Mum’s the word
In the shade
Beach baggage
Pick a straw
Foot fever
Be bold
Beach chic
Vintage veterans
Celebrity style
Up close and personal
Steal Lorraine's style
Lorraine and friends
Happy hiker
Birth order
Going the distance
Intimacy in numbers
Tales of triumph
Breaking up
Splits in the spotlight
Skill savvy
Bucket list
Serious saving
Big days
Notorious nuptials
In the know
Treat your feet
Drink up
Time of the month
Conception made clear
Manage your menopause
The big C
Battling the blues
Skinny stars
Health hotlist
The new atkins
Sumptuous Summer
Stop fussing
Gym bunny
Hot to trot
Crystal clear
Stop the clock
Dimple doom
Forever young
Make-up made easy
Polish perfect
Luscious locks
Fix it
Dental dos
Banish that blemish
Shopping for baby
Size 20 at seven
Indian spice
Exotic Indonesia
Lone traveller
Offshore weddings
Summer makeover
Room revamp
Keep cosy
Feeling board?
Coming soon
Craft savvy
Guilty pleasure
Rock that frock
Book corner
Final countdown
TRAVEL - Celeb campers
TRAVEL - Camp it up
TRAVEL - We love it
TRAVEL - Little britain
TRAVEL - Holiday lodges
TRAVEL - Quirky places to stay
TRAVEL - Transport yourself
TRAVEL - Best days out
TRAVEL - A brit special
PETS - Star pooches
PETS - Pet products
PETS - Make the right choice
PETS - Caring for your animal
PETS - Feeding time
PETS - When pets get poorly
PETS - time to shift some weight
PETS - Me and my beloved pet
PETS - Animal rescue
PETS - What a picture!
CAREERS - Lorraine's career path
CAREERS - Beauty and brains
CAREERS - C'est chic
CAREERS - Girls at work
CAREERS - Just the job!
CAREERS - Go out and get it
CAREERS - Pick and choose

AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011