Chanelle Hayes has admitted that she is ‘a nicer person’ since dropping from a size 18 to size 10.
The former Big Brother housemate, 35, who lost nine stone after undergoing a gastric sleeve operation in 2020, also detailed her mystery health issue.
The operation meant Chanelle was left with loose skin around her stomach, which led her to undergo a tummy tuck.
And during her tummy tuck surgery, Chanelle revealed the secret health scare doctors found whilst she was under the invasive procedure.
In an interview with New! magazine, the TV personality said: ‘They [surgeons] found a Hernia during surgery, so repaired that which caused a lot of pain.’
Confident: Chanelle Hayes, 35, has admitted that she is ‘a nicer person’ since dropping from a size 18 to size 10
Incredible: The former Big Brother housemate lost nine stone after undergoing a gastric sleeve operation in 2020
Three years on from her dramatic weight loss, the reality star revealed how much her confidence has increased.
Chanelle added: ‘I’m a much nicer person since loosing weight. I was just so sad all the time, or always in a mood. It got to the point where I didn’t want to go out anymore, so I’d just stay in on my own.
‘I’d make an excuse every time someone asked me to do something so I didn’t have to leave. I lost a part of my life and myself.’
It comes after Chanelle displayed her gorgeous figure in a bright red bikini during a sunny getaway in Ibiza.
The TV personality displayed her toned abdomen and golden tan in the garment while she styled her brunette locks into an up do.
After tipping the scales at 17 stone, the star revealed the operation was a ‘last resort’ after a lifelong battle with her weight.
In July, she took to social media to share some before and after photos of her weight loss, adding that her operation had ‘changed her life’ and she had ‘no regrets’.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘I get so many DMs about my weight loss surgery. Was I nervous? Yes! But I did plenty of research beforehand. Do I regret it? Not one bit, it’s changed my life when I was unable to do so on my own.
Opening up: Chanelle’s gastric sleeve operation meant she was left with loose skin around her stomach, which led her to undergo a tummy tuck
Health scare: And during her tummy tuck surgery, Chanelle revealed doctors found a Hernia whilst she was under the invasive procedure
‘I’m much nicer now’: Three years on from her dramatic weight loss, the reality star revealed how much her confidence has increased
Gorgeous: After tipping the scales at 17 stone, the star revealed the operation was a ‘last resort’ after a lifelong battle with her weight
‘Is it easy? No, there’s still lots of work to put in, it’s not a quick fix and it changes the way you eat/digest forever.
‘Is it for everybody? No. Nothing is for everybody really. If you’re seriously considering bariatric surgery, do your research. Exhaust other options. Speak to a professional who is able to give you medical advice.
‘Did it change my life? Yes it did and I am forever grateful…in some ways it didn’t only change my life but it saved it.
‘It allowed me to live again. My WLS allowed me to experience things with my loved ones that I wouldn’t feel able to do before. It improved my mood, my health, my quality of life.
‘Ps – always seek medical advice from a bariatric professional. This is purely my experience as a patient.’
Prior to her tummy tuck, Chanelle revealed in an interview with OK! magazine that she found her loose skin ‘ageing’.
She also revealed at the time that she was unhappy with her breasts and was planning on having her implants removed and booking in for a boob lift.
Chanelle explained her weight loss caused her breasts to be disfigured, leaving her looking like she had ‘four boobs’.
Inspiring: Chanelle has previously discussed her weight loss and battle with binge eating disorder, stating that her gastric sleeve operation in August 2020 was ‘the best thing ever’
She said: ‘I’d have my implants removed or perhaps switched to smaller ones. The surgeon would have to remove all the loose skin and put it back up where it meets in the middle.
‘My nipples are doing more hanging out with my knees at the moment than my chest, so it’ll be nice to be reunited with them!’
Chanelle has previously discussed her weight loss and battle with binge eating disorder, stating that her gastric sleeve operation in August 2020 was ‘the best thing ever’ as she dropped from 17st4lb to 9st5lb.
Posting on Instagram in June the star confessed that she still struggles with her mindset to food and had had a bad day and was left ‘feeling disgusted’ with herself and that she was snacking while typing the post, despite already feeling ‘full.’
Raising awareness with her fans, Chanelle posted a before and after picture of herself before writing ‘Trigger Warning!!!!!!’ and diving into her post.
She wrote: ‘Had a bad day today with my eating. I know many of you follow me because of my weight loss journey and disordered eating so I don’t want to hide that I’ve had a mare of a day when it comes to moderation.
‘I’ve binged all day long on everything you can think of. Right now I’m feeling disgusted at myself, guilty, out of control, poorly, uncomfortable and angry.
‘But I need to remember this is normal. I can’t just “cure” binge eating disorder with weight loss surgery.’
An incisional hernia occurs through a previously made cut in the abdominal wall, such as a scar from a previous operation or Caesarean section.
Hernias are defined as an internal part of the body pushing through a weakness in a muscle or tissue wall.
Incisional hernias occur when a closure from a past procedure comes apart or fails to heal properly.
In the UK, around 12-to-15 per cent of abdominal operations lead to an incisional hernia.
Between 10 and 12 per cent of people are thought to be affected in the US after such procedures.
Pictured: a large incisional hernia
As with all hernias, they can be dangerous if the contents of the hernia, for example the intestine, becomes trapped and loses its blood supply.
If left, incisional hernias will inevitably enlarge, and become more uncomfortable and unsightly.
Treatment usually involves open or keyhole surgery, however, between 50 and 60 per cent of these repairs fail within two years.
Old cuts can be reopened, however, this increases the risk of infection.
Non-surgical options include wearing a corset or belt.
Source: The British Hernia Centre