‘I’m fed up with being unhealthy’: James Corden says he wants to lose weight
The talk show host has partnered with WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, saying he wants to ‘be better for my children and for my family’.
Late night television talk show host James Corden’s New Year’s resolution: Lose weight and be healthy.
The 42-year-old announced on Friday (Jan 1) that he’s partnering with WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, because “I’m fed up with the way I look, I’m fed up with being unhealthy, with 'this is the year I’m doing it’.”
The host of The Late Late Show With James Corden made the revelation in a video on WW’s YouTube channel.
"I’ve realised that every year for the past decade – probably even 15 years – on January 1 I’ve told myself and anyone that would listen that this is it, this is the year, I’m going on a diet, I’m going to lose a load of weight," he said.
Corden added: "Because of that, over Christmas, I’ve eaten everything that’s in the fridge because in my head in January I’m starting this diet and it’ll be a success. And as you can see it hasn’t … I’ve never been able to stick to anything like that. I’ve spent a long time accepting that this is my body and that’s it. But I really am sick and tired of just doing the same thing every year.”
He revealed he reached out to WW, citing how their regimen was “more about wellness, and health and feeling better, rather than just trying to lose a load of weight”.
In a separate press release, Corden said: “I want to change the way that I live. I want to be better for my children and for my family. I don't want to wake up tired, or feel embarrassed when I'm chasing my son on the soccer field and out of breath after three minutes. The weight is not the issue, it's the wellness of it I am ready to tackle. I'm going to take this year and work towards getting healthy."
It’s not the first time Corden has talked about his weight issues – and even revealed struggling to get acting roles because of it. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, he shared: “I was good for playing a bubbly judge in a courtroom, or I’d be the guy who drops off a TV to Hugh Grant in a movie.”
He said: “If someone came from another planet and put on the television, you would think that people who are big or overweight don't have sex. They don't fall in love. They're friends of people who fall in love. They're probably not that bright, but they're a good time, and they're not as valuable as people who are really good-looking."
Last year, he was also involved in a tiff with Bill Maher regarding a fat-shaming joke the comedian and TV host had said.
"Anytime I've met Bill Maher in person, he has been nothing but pleasant and kind and nice, which is why I found it so surprising that he or anybody thinks that fat-shaming needs to make a comeback. Because fat-shaming never went anywhere. I mean, ask literally any fat person,” Corden had spoken up during his own show.
“There's a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we're not. We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn't good for us and I've struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it. I've had good days and bad months. I've basically been off and on diets since as long as I can remember and well, this is how it's going,” he said.
“It's proven that fat-shaming only does one thing. It makes people feel ashamed and shame leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior. Self-destructive behaviour like overeating.”