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Jordan Banjo reveals brother Ashley helped his weight issues

Jordan Banjo has revealed his older brother Ashley helped him through his weight struggles.

In a new interview, the Diversity star, 28, recalled when his sibling, 32, ‘saved my life at both ends of the scale’, as he fluctuated between 12 and 22 stone from 2009. 

The dancer shared: ‘I turned to Ash because I knew I was either going to have to do something about my weight or things were going to get way, way worse.’

‘He saved my life at both ends of the scale’: Jordan Banjo has revealed his older brother Ashley helped him through his weight struggles (pictured in 2016)

The KISS FM presenter was ordered to lose weight by doctors as they declared him morbidly obese at the tender age of 13.

Just before he turned 18, the TV and radio star reached out for help from the choreographer after years of struggling to follow a healthy diet.

The TV star told The Mirror: ‘It’s no secret that I struggled with my weight. Ash was brilliant. He helped me rethink my diet and put together a workout routine. The weight came off pretty quickly.’ 

After losing nearly half of his body weight following his Britain’s Got Talent win in 2009, Jordan was still determined to shed more pounds, admitting he’d only eat a bowl of cereal and chicken breast each day.

Past: In a new interview, the Diversity star, 28, recalled when he fluctuated between 12 and 22 stone from 2009 (pictured left in an old picture)

Past: In a new interview, the Diversity star, 28, recalled when he fluctuated between 12 and 22 stone from 2009 (pictured left in an old picture)

Doting: 'I turned to Ash because I knew I was either going to have to do something about my weight or things were going to get way, way worse', the dancer shared

Doting: ‘I turned to Ash because I knew I was either going to have to do something about my weight or things were going to get way, way worse’, the dancer shared

Before: The KISS FM presenter was ordered to lose weight by doctors as they declared him morbidly obese at the tender age of 13 (pictured in 2009)

Now: Jordan pictured last year

Differences: The KISS FM presenter was ordered to lose weight by doctors as they declared him morbidly obese at the tender age of 13 (pictured left in 2009, right in 2020)

The Greatest Dancer host recalled: ‘Ash had set me on a good path but he’s super busy, so he’d left me to get on with it on my own. I had to work hard to try and maintain it. But all I could think about was losing more weight, and it got out of control.’ 

The father-of-two, who currently weighs 17 stone, said his turning point came when he returned to the stage for a Christmas performance, but no one in the audience recognised him.

Jordan added: ‘It took a lot for me to ask for help that first time, but he had my back – and he had it again when I’d got out of control. Ash saved my life at both ends of the scale – literally.’ 

'I got out of control': After losing nearly half of his body weight, he was still determined to shed the pounds, admitting he'd only eat cereal and chicken breast each day (pictured in 2018)

‘I got out of control’: After losing nearly half of his body weight, he was still determined to shed the pounds, admitting he’d only eat cereal and chicken breast each day (pictured in 2018) 

Joining This Morning’s Dr Sara Kayat, the media personality is hosting a Channel 4 weight loss show , set to premiere on January 19 at 8pm. 

The new programme will see two people who want to overhaul their lifestyle as they seek advice from four ‘health heroes’, who have lost more than 200lbs through exercise and diet.

Hiding behind old pictures of what they looked like before their weight loss, the guests will only get to meet the ‘health heroes’ if they pick them as a mentor.

Once selected, the duo will work together to follow their exercise and diet plan alongside a leading dietician.

After eight weeks, the two contributors will show off their results to Jordan and Dr Sara. 

Talking about the new show, Sean Doyle, Deputy Head of Features & Formats at Channel 4, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Jordan and Dr Sara to the Channel 4 Features Family. 

‘As someone who has made dramatic changes to his own health, we are thrilled to have Jordan Banjo at the helm of this pilot.’ 

Co-star: Joining This Morning's Dr Sara Kayat (pictured last year), the media personality is hosting a Channel 4 weight loss show, set to premiere on January 19 at 8pm

Co-star: Joining This Morning’s Dr Sara Kayat (pictured last year), the media personality is hosting a Channel 4 weight loss show, set to premiere on January 19 at 8pm 


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