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Fitness expert faces backlash after saying she won’t work with overweight people

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Fitness expert Samantha Yardley has sparked controversy by saying she won’t work with overweight people. 

Appearing on This Morning, Yardley – a writer and editor in the fitness industry – spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford explaining that while she doesn’t want to ‘encourage judgement’ towards people who are overweight, it is ‘something that needed to be said’. 

She added: We all take the path of least resistance – we need to make it more inconvenient to be obese.”

She went on to add that plus-size clothes shouldn’t be readily available in shops. Eamonn slammed the idea as ‘incredibly cruel’. 

She also added that she thought hiring overweight people is not a ‘good business move’. 

She said: “Look at the facts. People who are obese take off nearly twice as many days off work than those people within a healthy weight range for a start.

“That’s going to have a financial implication. And, also from personal experience, from being larger, you are more lethargic and more lazy.”

Eamonn and Ruth questioned her about the struggles some might face when losing weight, including the people who are living with an illness.

She replied: You don’t need to have six-pack abs or work out every day. It’s a lifestyle choice, you need to eat a little bit less, work out a little bit more. It’s just a calorie deficit you need to implement and that will cause a physical change.”

Alison Hammond has responded to the fitness trainer saying ‘Come and train me babes – I’ll probably run rings around you!’.

Her comments have caused a stir online with many people taking to Twitter to express their thoughts.

One user wrote: “To Samantha Yardley: I would rather be obese and live a shorter life full of empathy, care, compassion, love and assistance to others than live a long life as a thin person with so much privilege that they disguise their vitriol for overweight people as a desire to help them.”

Another wrote: “I am beyond disgusted  How can you justify being so cruel?  Shame on you”

One user blamed the programme for giving ‘people like Samantha Yardley airtime’. 

One user wrote: “The interview with Samantha Yardley on #ThisMorning was shocking to watch. The debate on obesity and health is so overshadowed with bullying and prejudice. Those comments were just a way to grab attention.”

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The Chase welcomes former contestant as brand new Chaser ‘The Menace’

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There’s a brand new Chaser in town named ‘The Menace’ ready to battle with contestants. 

Irish genius, Darragh Ennis is a neuroscientist who first appeared on the show in 2017 where he played against Paul and performed incredibly.

He won a whopping amount of money that was dramatically decreased by the other contestants on the episode.

The brainbox will be joining Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha and will be called ‘The Menace’

Darragh said: “I’m so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It’s brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh.

“It’s such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to take on more contestants!”

Host Bradley Walsh joked: “Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That’s another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers.

“But I can’t wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale.”

Fans are delighted Darragh will become the sixth Chaser and that no one is  leaving.

One wrote: “Exciting but reallyyyy strange seeing a new Chaser in the chair!” 

While another added: “I know! I know I’m late and feck me, it’s the newbie!!! About time!! #TheChase “

He’s already had his first stab of the show but it didn’t go too well as the first player beat him.

What do you make of the newbie?

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Dr Hilary explains the devastating impact celebrating Christmas could have in ‘impassioned speech’

Is it really worth it?

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Dr Hilary Jones shares what he thinks of the potential five-day easing of lockdown to allow for Christmas celebrations.

He delivered what is being described as an ‘impassioned’ speech detailing why the country should forego Christmas this year.

Addressing the reports of a 25-day lockdown for a five-day easing of lockdown at Christmas, he said: “Estimates, of course. It is based on the fact that if you have so many households coming together, the prevalence of the disease already would mean more ( coronavirus ) cases.

“You are going to transmit the virus to more households and more people. This would inevitably lead to more hospitalisations.

“Every day, they have calculated, would require five extra days of toughened restrictions and measures.

“So five days of Christmas festivities means 25 days of lockdown. It all has to be balanced – think of the economy, and what that does to people’s mental health.

“They talk about balance of risk all the time and that is exactly what it is.

Piers pointed out yesterday how other religious groups had had to forego their festivities. They have made that sacrifice. One has to question whether five days at Christmas, to have those parties, that roast turkey, really warrants shutting down the country.

“That is a question the government has to ask.”

Ben Shephard replied: “We do not know, do we Hilary? We do not know yet the effectiveness of this lockdown because of the lag.

“We can see the new infections and cases flatlining – they are NOT increasing. But we are two or three weeks behind in terms of the data.”

What do you think?

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This Morning viewers in tears after lonely pensioner rings in just for a chat

Absolutely heartbreaking.

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This Morning viewers were left in tears earlier today after a lonely pensioner made a heartbreaking call to the programme.

The 87-year-old phoned into the show for a chat, telling the presenters that nobody had visited her since the start of the first lockdown in March.

Margaret revealed that she had left hospital just the day before lockdown back in March, and that she’s been on her own since then.

She explained: “There’s only eight houses in my little area and not one neighbour’s come to see me.”

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Margaret said she was ‘delighted’ to chat to someone when she managed to speak to Phillip Schofield, Alison Hammond and their guest Brian Conley this morning, adding that she ended up in hospital just before lockdown.

She said: “I got home the day before lockdown and I’ve been on my own ever since. I’ve never seen anyone since I came home, since March.

“I live in a very lonely area. There’s only eight houses in my little area and not one neighbour’s come to see me.

“Things aren’t sociable the way they were when we were young.”

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Viewers were heartbroken by her incredibly sad story, with one tweeting: “I’m sat here in tears for Margaret. I so wish I lived nearby.

“I know she is probably not the only elder that has had no contact and it’s truly heartbreaking.”

Another added: “Margaret has got me in tears. How are we failing people like this. No one should be on there [sic] own like that.

“Say hello, how are you. Learn people’s names. Go back to childhood methods of being friendly.”

Phil urged her to reach out to someone, saying: “You’re only 87, there’s still a lot to do. The most important thing is that you reach out. If they don’t reach out to you, you reach out to your friends.”

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