TV presenter Andrew Flintoff has thanked fans for their support after he opened up about his ongoing battle with bulimia in a new BBC One documentary.

In the candid show, the 42-year-old former cricket player said he had suffered from the eating disorder since being shamed for his appearance by the press at the start of his international career.

Flintoff, who now hosts Top Gear and features as a team captain on comedy panel show A League Of Their Own, thanked fans "for the amazing response" to Monday's documentary and explained how he hopes he has helped to "raise awareness of such an important subject."

In Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia, the star asks whether he needs professional help for the first time.

"I don't want to be a statistic," he said.

"I don't want it to be read that something has happened to me."

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Viewers took to social media to praise Flintoff for being "brave, humble and honest".

Another poster hailed the documentary as being "interesting and insightful".

Patricia McNally said the ex sportsman has "helped so many people especially men".

One viewer said the show is "one of the most important programmes you will ever watch".

Flintoff first revealed he had suffered from bulimia in 2014, but said he never sought help with the issue until filming this documentary.