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Doireann Garrihy recalls reading cruel comments about her weight online: ‘It absolutely crushed me’

Doireann Garrihy has opened up about her struggles with body image, and how trolling has affected her.

The 2fm star recalled reading cruel comments about her weight online, which “absolutely crushed” her at the time.

The popular presenter made the confession after a follower asked how she stays in “such great shape” during a Q&A on Instagram.

Doireann replied: “I wasn’t going to share this one and then I thought of America Ferreira’s quote from Barbie.”

“When she talks about how it is ‘literally impossible to be a woman and goes on to say, ‘You have to be thin but not too thin. And you can never say you want to be thin. You have to say you want to be healthy but also you have to be thin’. And so on.”

The 31-year-old admitted: “I have always struggled with weight and body image, I think it’s almost impossible to be a woman and avoid that.”

“A few years ago, someone sent me a screenshot of an online forum where a discussion was being had about how much weight I had gained during lockdown.”

She continued: “Women dissecting my weight gain, where I had gained it most, how I was trying to hide it… it absolutely crushed me and affected me so much more than I even realised at the time.”

“Needless to say I have never, ever looked at that forum myself – it would literally be self harm to do so.”

The 2FM star wrote: “Anyway, for better or for worse it lead me to make a lifestyle change.”

“In many ways I hate that THAT was a catalyst for me but whatever.”

Doireann then told her followers what she does to try to keep fit, writing: “Bertie needing walks has been the best thing to happen to me exercise wise.”

“I am NOT a naturally motivated person when it comes to fitness, so walking works for me and I try to do some weight training when I can.”

“I won’t talk about food – each to their own and I am in no way an expert. I just wanted to share.”


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