TV star Tina Malone says people "pussyfoot around" the issue of weight gain.
The actress, who shed more than 12 stone with the help of a gastric band, was speaking after Kelly Brook told how she lost weight after her boyfriend called her a "balloon".
Tina, 55, told Good Morning Britain her father was honest with her about her weight.
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"I am an expert on this having lost 12 stone, four pounds and gone from a Size 28 to a Size 8, with the help of a gastric band obviously," she told Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins.
"I met my husband in a fat camp 10 years ago, he's 20 years younger than me, in the gym seven days a week. My husband probably wouldn't dare say that to me.
"I remember my father saying to me years ago, my first NTA awards...
"I had a dress on and I said, 'Do I look fat in this dress?'. And my dad said, 'Yeah, because you’re fat.
"You’re going to look fat in every dress’.”
She added: "I don’t think there’s a problem, saying to your partner, 'For longevity, I love you, I’m worried about you.
"So you need to lose weight, let’s do it together’. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that."
'I think we pussyfoot around a bit too much.'
Tina Malone says people need tough love to make positive changes in their life, and believes it motivates her to keep healthy. pic.twitter.com/7pdnzaW7Pc
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 2, 2019
She said: I have said to friends, 'Who ate all the pies?' "I do think we pussyfoot around."
Tina said of her own weight loss: "I looked like a pig in a frock.
"But it was my health and my mental health that made me lose weight. I was dying.
"My dad said I looked like an Easter egg and I did. I was like a ball.
"It’s important how you deal with people. I tell my friends, 'You are looking a bit chunky there.
"You need to get yourself to the gym'. But they’re my friends."
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