07:56 13 July 2011
The Birds of Feather actress, Pauline Quirke has lost a dramatic six stone in six months.
Quirke has lost a third of her body weight and dropped seven dress sizes after being told by doctors that she was severely obese.
At the beginning of this year she weighed nearly 20 stone and now weighs just 13 stone she revealed.
In an interview with Woman Magazine she said: I hadnt weighed myself for many, many years. Then just before Christmas, I got on the scales and it said 19 stone 6lbs.
She added I knew exactly what I wanted to get to, 11 stone. As of last week I was 13 stone.
The 51 year old who currently appears in Emmerdale as Hazel Rhodes, explained that after joining the cast her eating habits got out of control.
The TV star said: It was bacon or sausage roll of a morning, a meal at lunchtime in the canteen and then cooking myself a dinner back at the flat of a night. I was just getting bigger.
Quirke revealed that: I wont put myself through any surgical procedure if theres an alternative.
She went on to say that she has been using low-calorie meals to lose the weight.
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