GBBO’s Laura Adlington slams how family can probe about your diet at Christmas

‘People feel the need to comment on your weight’: GBBO’s Laura Adlington slams how family can probe about your diet at Christmas or ask ‘when you are having kids’

Laura Adlington has slammed the way that some family members at Christmas can probe about your weight and how much you’re eating over the festive period.

The Great British Bake Off star, 33, – who was recently told she would have to lose 14st to carry a child and subsequently decided she would not have any of her own – also said it’s a time of year that prompts people to ask ‘when are you having kids?’.

Taking to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, Laura said her next podcast episode would help her fans through a tricky time of year and give advice on how to ‘call out your family and deal with Christmas diet culture’. 

Having her say: Laura Adlington has slammed the way that some family members at Christmas can probe about your weight and how much you're eating over the festive period

Having her say: Laura Adlington has slammed the way that some family members at Christmas can probe about your weight and how much you’re eating over the festive period

She penned: ‘This time of year can be really hard because people close to you often feel the need to make comments about you weight or what you’re eating. 

‘Plus there’s the INEVITABLE ”when are you having kids?” and comments about indulging now and dieting later. 

‘In this weeks GLY podcast episode we talk about setting boundaries, calling out your family and dealing with Christmas diet culture.’

Helpful: Taking to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, Laura said her next podcast episode would help her fans through a tricky time of year and give advice on how to 'call out your family and deal with Christmas diet culture'

Helpful: Taking to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, Laura said her next podcast episode would help her fans through a tricky time of year and give advice on how to ‘call out your family and deal with Christmas diet culture’

It comes after last month Laura admitted she’s struggling to cope with recent pregnancy announcements, after being vocal about her own fertility issues.

The TV star was recently told she would have to lose 14st to carry a child and subsequently decided she would not have any of her own.

Taking to Instagram, she shared that news of others’ pregnancies would ‘absolutely crush’ her and fill her with ‘intense jealousy’ and ‘self-hatred’.

Posting an image of herself looking down while wearing a blue floral dress, the TV personality concluded that she will always ‘grieve for the baby I don’t have’.

Oh no! The TV star was recently told she would have to lose 14st to carry a child and subsequently decided she would not have any of her own

Oh no! The TV star was recently told she would have to lose 14st to carry a child and subsequently decided she would not have any of her own

She wrote in full: ‘I’m in a bit of a weird head space at the moment to be honest. It feels like the whole world is pregnant, or having babies, or putting their kids in pumpkins.

‘And while I normally cope OK I’m finding it a bit tricky right now.

‘Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Pregnancy announcements used to absolutely crush me.

‘I remember feeling such intense jealousy…to the point it was like I’d been punched in the stomach.

Couple: The influencer tried to conceive for three years with her husband Matt before doctors said her only chance was to try IVF and she would have to lose the weight first to qualify

Couple: The influencer tried to conceive for three years with her husband Matt before doctors said her only chance was to try IVF and she would have to lose the weight first to qualify

‘Then, shortly after, came the uncontrollable tears, followed by the self-hatred of feeling like a horrible person for wondering ‘Why not me?’ and ‘When is it my turn?’

‘They say time is a healer, and to some extent it is.

‘Now, with the influx of recent pregnancy announcements and the birth of new babies comes a familiar sadness instead of a debilitating one.

‘I’m very lucky in many respects and I’ve come to live a pretty full child-free life. But I’m only human.

‘And while I enjoy the lie-ins and the (mostly) tidy house, sometimes I still grieve for the baby I don’t have. And if I’m being really honest, I think I always will.’

Laura recently revealed she was told she would have to lose 14st to become pregnant and has now decided she will not have children.

The star tried to conceive for three years with her husband Matt before doctors said her only chance was to try IVF and she would have to lose weight first to qualify.

Speaking to Fabulous magazine, she said: ‘Unless you’ve gone through infertility and that heartache of really wanting it and it not happening . . . it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.’

Candid: Laura recently said: 'Unless you've gone through infertility and that heartache of really wanting it and it not happening . . . it's the hardest thing I've ever gone through'

Candid: Laura recently said: ‘Unless you’ve gone through infertility and that heartache of really wanting it and it not happening . . . it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through’ 

Laura also said she struggled with her mental health during this period and not being able to conceive was made worse by many of her friends welcoming babies.

The star, who appeared on the 2020 series of the Channel 4 show, told how she had always wanted to be a mother and thought, ‘what’s the point?’ if she couldn’t have a child.

She said: ‘I’ve never thought, ‘I want to take my own life’, but I definitely have had thoughts that I didn’t want to be here any more. And I have phoned Samaritans on a few occasions and really benefitted from it.’

Laura said she tried to lose weight after speaking to her doctors and even considered bariatric surgery before deciding it wasn’t for her.

The star, who has struggled with her weight since she was eight, found it difficult to lose so much to have the IVF.

She said: ‘It was such a lot to lose — about 14st and I just struggled to do that. I wonder if that will always play on my mind, particularly as I get older.’

Laura credits taking part in Bake Off and reaching the finals with helping her through this difficult period.

However, since she left the show, Laura has been faced with cruel comments from internet trolls.

Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood previously defended her against the cruel jibes, writing on Instagram: ‘I’ve heard of some sad people trolling Laura, it’s disgusting behaviour.’

The baker said she thinks more needs to be done to ‘protect’ people online and thinks it’s too easy for internet users to contact people they don’t know. 

Laura said she prefers the time child-free to ‘childless’ and feels there are some positives to not having children, including that her time and her money are her own. 

For help call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Heartbreaking: Laura also said she struggled with her mental health during this period and not being able to conceive was made worse by many of her friends welcoming babies

Heartbreaking: Laura also said she struggled with her mental health during this period and not being able to conceive was made worse by many of her friends welcoming babies

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