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Bake Off’s Prue Leith gained a STONE after weeks of eating cake and being wheelchair bound

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Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith reveals she’s gained a STONE in weight after weeks of eating cake and being wheelchair bound after injury

With a day job requiring her to eat large amounts of cake, it’s no wonder Prue Leith has found it tricky keeping an eye on her waistline.

The 79-year-old Great British Bake Off judge has admitted she is a stone overweight thanks to her work on Bake Off, as well as being wheelchair-bound after an accident.

The cook injured herself while filming this year’s series, snapping her Achilles tendon. 

Diet dilemma: With a day job requiring her to eat large amounts of cake, it¿s no wonder Prue Leith has found it tricky keeping an eye on her waistline

Diet dilemma: With a day job requiring her to eat large amounts of cake, it’s no wonder Prue Leith has found it tricky keeping an eye on her waistline

Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Miss Leith said that while she hopes to lose the weight, she doesn’t want to ‘fret’ about calories.

‘I’m a stone overweight at the moment, and actually I’ve been a stone overweight all my life’, she said. 

‘However, I’m particularly a stone overweight at the moment because I’ve spent the last ten weeks in a wheelchair, so no exercise and it didn’t stop me eating cake and doing the job. I’ve been eating cake a lot. But I hope I’ll start to lose it now.’

The star said she gets ‘upset’ that so many young people are ‘obsessed with diets and magic potions’.

Cake lover: The 79-year-old Great British Bake Off judge admitted she is a stone overweight thanks to her work on Bake Off, as well as being wheelchair-bound after an accident

Cake lover: The 79-year-old Great British Bake Off judge admitted she is a stone overweight thanks to her work on Bake Off, as well as being wheelchair-bound after an accident

‘I don’t feel guilty if I eat something really delicious and it’s my calorie intake for half the day, because it’s worth it. 

‘But it’s not worth it if you eat rubbish… if I eat junk food I think it’s very unhealthy.’

Miss Leith joined Bake Off in 2017 when the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

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Prue’s revelation comes as after she enjoyed breakfast with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in August, after being hired to help sort out hospital meals following the deaths of six patients who contracted listeria after eating food.

Chat: Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Miss Leith said that while she hopes to lose the weight, she doesn¿t want to ¿fret¿ about calories (pictured with co-star Paul Hollywood)

Chat: Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Miss Leith said that while she hopes to lose the weight, she doesn’t want to ‘fret’ about calories (pictured with co-star Paul Hollywood)

Let her eat cake: ¿I don¿t feel guilty if I eat something really delicious and it¿s my calorie intake for half the day, because it¿s worth it'

Let her eat cake: ‘I don’t feel guilty if I eat something really delicious and it’s my calorie intake for half the day, because it’s worth it’

The TV judge, who discussed listeria and NHS reform with Boris, has joined a government review of NHS food, which is set to examine whether a greater number of hospitals can provide in-house catering.

Celebrity cook Leith has previously criticised the current standard of hospital meals and called for NHS trusts to make appealing and nutritious food on-site for patients.

She said: ‘Millions of pounds are wasted in hospitals with food ending up in the bin, unpalatable food being the main complaint.

‘I’m delighted that, at long last, Downing Street and the Department of Health have decided to do something about it.

‘A hospital meal should be a small highlight, a little pleasure and comfort, and it should help, not hinder, the patient’s recovery.’

Important role: Prue's revelation comes as after she enjoyed breakfast with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in August, after being hired to help sort out hospital meals

Important role: Prue’s revelation comes as after she enjoyed breakfast with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in August, after being hired to help sort out hospital meals

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