Vicky Pattison talks honestly about battling her weight for years and being ‘obsessed’ with weighing herself

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She’s become an advocate for body positivity on Instagram, but Vicky Pattison has revealed it took her years to feel confident in her own skin after battling with her weight.

Opening up about shedding the pounds for her 2013 fitness DVD Vicky’s 7 Day Slim, which saw her drop from a size 16 to a size 6, Vicky admitted that, while she has no regrets, she was unhappy at the time.

“I did a fitness DVD. To this day, I am really proud of it. I know it’s kind of a forgotten technology now, but it was number one selling in the UK,” the 32-year-old said on her podcast Vicky Pattison: The Secret To.

“I was like super strong, super toned, but looking back, I wasn’t healthy. And I don’t mean physically. Like, mentally, I was super unwell.”

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The former Geordie Shore star went on to explain she became “fixated” on weighing herself.

“It was all to do with what that number on the scale said that morning and that would completely dictate my entire day,” she said.

“If I was going to have a good day, it would be because there was a loss on that scale. And if I was going to have a bad day, if I was going to be stressed out, if it was going to be difficult, it would be because I’d maintained – or heaven forbid – gained weight.”

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Vicky added, “And I put so much pressure on myself and so much gravity on that number that I actually didn’t enjoy training any more.

I didn’t enjoy working out, which was obscene because I had always loved it. And it became an unhealthy obsession.”

However, Vicky admits she now has a different outlook when it comes to fitness. “As time’s worn on, it’s been less and less for me about reaching some sort of desired aesthetic and more about my wellbeing and mental health,” she admitted.


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“I’m just a nicer person when I exercise. I kind of credit a lot of my journey and the contentment and happiness I feel now to exercise.”

It comes after she revealed her sadness at seeing old photos of herself in a candid Instagram post. Sharing a throwback snap in her gym clothes alongside a more recent one, Vicky wrote, “My heart breaks when I look at this. I wish I could give the girl on the left a hug. I wish I could tell her that things get better.”

She added that she no longer punishes herself, before concluding, “I’m much happier being the girl on the right, & it’s written all over my face.”

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