Natalie Cassidy has said she was proud of her former weight loss, but is comfortable with her figure the way it is now.

The 25-year-old former EastEnders star slimmed from a size 16 to a size eight in 2007 and released a fitness DVD, but then regained most of the weight.

She is now presenting a new show Natalie Cassidy’s Real Britain for BBC Three, in which she meets ordinary people to discuss issues such as fame and body image.

Natalie said: “I actually talk about my weight in the show which is quite nice because a little part of it is setting my record straight.

“The DVD was fantastic and I had such fun. I’ve proved to myself and proved to anyone who bought it that it’s possible to do.

“However, for me to keep up a regime of that, I just love going out and I love having nice dinners and I still exercise regularly, I just don’t do the amount I was doing before.”

Natalie insists she didn’t conform to ‘size zero’ pressure when she lost weight.

She said: “I didn’t feel under pressure at all, because if I did I would have stayed that size and I’m a working actress.

“I love what I do, I’m presenting, and my weight really isn’t the be-all and end-all to me. I’ve got better things to worry about to be honest.”

Natalie Cassidy’s Real Britain starts on BBC Three on Thursday, March 5 at 8pm.

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