Dancing with the Stars host Amanda Byram opened up about her struggles with health on Saturday night's Ray D'Arcy Show, saying she went through decades of yo-yo dieting before coming round to a balanced approach to nutrition.
The 44-year-old presenter told Ray: "My journey to health was a very long one, it took me three decades almost, of yo-yo dieting, or trying to be skinny, of over-exercising and under-eating, and never really thinking I was skinny enough, or wanting to be thinner or leaner or all of these things. It’s a vicious circle."
The Dublin-born star said that she began feeling the pressure to look a certain way when she was young.
"I think the pressure came from within, it started when I was quite young", she explained. "I always remember being so conscious of how I looked. For me the turning point came when I was approaching 40. I was in my late 30s and I thought ‘I’m exhausted. I’m tired of low-carb, low-fat, or no this, no that’. I have done every diet under the sun, I did Atkins, protein phase for three years!"
Byram added: "As a society I think it’s something that we really need to be mindful of, because social media doesn’t help at all, and I think women are under a lot of pressure to be the best of everything, to be the best mothers, the best wives, the best sisters, the best career women and there’s so much pressure on us to do everything well.
"It’s about being healthy and being happy in both body and mind. And it took me three decades almost to get to that point."
The TV star's interview resonated with viewers, who said she was "inspiring".
Have to say really enjoyed Amanda Byram on #raydarcy tonight. Her small talk about body issues/image and her own struggle was inspiring 👍👏🏻— Niall Horan (@niallhoran) November 5, 2017
@AmandaByram amazing advice on Ray Darcy show. Need to push for food and diet education in schools.— Orna Cooke (@CookeOrna) November 4, 2017
Byram returns to host the second season of Dancing with the Stars Ireland alongside Nicky Byrne in early January 2018.
Watch Ray D'Arcy's full interview with Amanda Byram on The RTÉ Player here.